Then and Now: Recognize This Place

Guess the location where this photograph was taken.

The Library of Congress provided this photo. Can you name the spot where it was taken? Give the address or just name the building. We'll reveal the location next Wednesday at 6 a.m.

About this column: This column will appear weekly on Wednesday. A picture from the past will be presented. Guess where it is in the comments, and then find out the answer the following Wednesday. Happy guessing!

Eric Lewis December 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Chester County Hotel, then Mansion House Hotel. 36 West Market, SE corner of Market & Church. 1831-1970. Demolished 1972.
Eric Lewis December 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Now Sovereign Bank. http://goo.gl/maps/tStA0
lorraine sykes December 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM
yes you are correct. i owned a house in the 400 w market st block and it came up on a deed search as servant's housing for the mansion house hotel. built in 1832 by wm everhardt. our house was given as a dowrey to his daughter's husband; since she was not permitted to own property at the time.
A. Roy Smith December 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
A little additional information to the excellent previous posts. William Everhart was a UofPenn student with William Strickland who became one of Philadelphia's pre-eminent architects in the early 1800's. It was Strickland who designed the Hotel and, better yet, was responsible for his student/employee - Thomas U. Walter - to come to West Chester to produce many of the Borough's wonderful buldings. Among other attributes, the Mansion House was known for its collection of exotic (caged) birds.


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