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Powel House, Philadelphia

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Historic Site
The Powel House is a historic house museum located at 244 South 3rd Street, between Willings Alley and Spruce Street, in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Built in 1765 in the Georgian style, and embellished by second owner Samuel Powel (1738–1793), it has been called "the finest Georgian row house in the city." As with other houses of this type, the exterior facade was, but the interior was elaborately appointed.HistoryThe elegant brick city house was built for Charles Stedman, a merchant and shipmaster. Before he had the chance to live in it, Stedman fell into financial trouble – eventually winding up in debtors' prison. The house was purchased for £3,150 on August 2, 1769 by Samuel Powel, who would become the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule and the city's first mayor following independence. A Quaker who converted to Anglicanism, he supported the American Revolution and was dubbed the "Patriot Mayor."The building is attributed to architect/builder Robert Smith. Powel and his wife Elizabeth (née Willing) lavishly redecorated, creating some of the most ornate interiors in the Colonies. The Rococo plastered ceilings are attributed to James Clow, and the architectural woodwork is attributed to carvers Hercules Courtnay and Martin Jugiez.
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  • We visited the Powel House during a period that they were having some type of play during the evening. So the first thing we noticed was the rooms had non-period furniture that was hodge-podge through...  more »
  • The people who lived in this house in the 1700s were very important to the history of Philadephia. If you are interested in either local history or Colonial history, be sure to stop here. It's furnish...  more »
  • Tours are offered on the hour, but you can wait on a bench right next door in the shady courtyard, where you can hear a story from one of Old City's history tellers this summer. You'll find lots of co...  more »
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  • Gorgeous for a garden wedding
  • Historic.... well preserved