Second Bank of the U.S.
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Architect William Strickland
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Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   map
Date 1818 to 1824   timeline
Building Type bank
 Construction System bearing masonry, cut stone
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Greek Revival


Interior photo of building in thick wall. The black windowsill is the top of a cast-iron stove, integrated into the opening


Elevation Drawing

Plan Drawing

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Cast iron window sills incorporate individual wood stoves for localized heating.

Sources on Second Bank of the U.S.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. place-at-center diagram, p198. — Updated edition available at

Donald Corner and Jenny Young, University of Oregon. Slide from photographers' collection. DIL PCD.2350.1012.1143.86. interior photo of building in thick wall. The black windowsill is the top of a cast-iron coal or wood-burning stove, intergrated into the structure of each opening.

Agnes Addison Gilchrist. William Strickland, Architect and Engineer: 1788-1854. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1950. interior photo of banking room, plate8A.

Nikolaus Pevsner. An Outline of European History. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1960. exterior photo of facade, plate 525, p625.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Second Bank of the U.S.


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