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Birch’s Views of Philadelphia

President’s House at Ninth Street

Executive Mansion on Ninth

William Russell Birch and his son Thomas collaborated to create this colored print of the President’s House at Ninth Street, which no president ever occupied. (Library Company of Philadelphia)

Library Company of Pennsylvania

The Executive Mansion, as it was called, or the home intended for the president, is shown here in a colored print, a collaborative representation made by William Russell Birch and his son, Thomas. Thomas would paint in watercolor for Birch or his engraver, Samuel Seymour, to transfer. The building was constructed between 1792 and 1797, but never housed a president. The University of Pennsylvania later purchased the building. Birch included views of the Alms House and House of Employment in the distance behind the Executive Mansion.

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