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Society Hill

Powel House (1765)

The Powel House, located at 244 S. Third Street in Society Hill, was home of the last colonial mayor of Philadelphia and is an example of a townhouse for the elite.

The Powel House, located at 244 S. Third Street in Society Hill, was home of the last colonial mayor of Philadelphia and is an example of a townhouse for the elite. (Photograph by Bonnie Halda)

The Powel House was home of Samuel Powel, the last colonial mayor of Philadelphia and the first mayor after independence, and is an example of a townhouse for the elite. By the early twentieth century it was owned by a purveyor of hog bristles who wanted to convert it into an “outdoor garage” but ran up against early preservationists who successfully intervened. The Powel House is available for public tours, and several of the interiors and furnishings of its rooms are on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The house is at 244 S. Third Street in Society Hill. (Photograph by Bonnie Halda)

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