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Chestnut Street Collection

"Exploring the Rich History of Chestnut Street: From Banks to Blizzards" Chestnut Street, a historic thoroughfare in Philadelphia

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Second Bank Of The United States

Second Bank Of The United States
Engraving by William Henry Bartlett shows pedestrians on the street outside the imposing facade of the Second Bank of the United States on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, 1820s

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD. Creator: Chris Suspect

16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD. Creator: Chris Suspect
16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Conflagration of the Masonic Hall, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1819

Conflagration of the Masonic Hall, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1819. The Masonic Hall burned to the ground on 9 March 1819. By Samuel Jones, and possibly John Lewis Krimmel

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: The United States Mint, NW Corner Chestnut and Juniper Streets (b / w photo)

Philadelphia: The United States Mint, NW Corner Chestnut and Juniper Streets (b / w photo)
6012473 Philadelphia: The United States Mint, NW Corner Chestnut and Juniper Streets (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, looking West from Eighth Street (b / w photo)

Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, looking West from Eighth Street (b / w photo)
6012454 Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, looking West from Eighth Street (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chestnut Street)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Home for Indigent Widows and Single Women, Philadelphia (b / w photo)

Home for Indigent Widows and Single Women, Philadelphia (b / w photo)
5891954 Home for Indigent Widows and Single Women, Philadelphia (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (19th century); Free Library of Philadelphia; (add.info.: From a scrapbook compiled by Castner)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: The Recent Blizzard in America, Scenes in Philadelphia (b / w photo)

The Recent Blizzard in America, Scenes in Philadelphia (b / w photo)
1598583 The Recent Blizzard in America, Scenes in Philadelphia (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Recent Blizzard in America)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Parade of the Victuallers, 1821 (watercolour on paper)

Parade of the Victuallers, 1821 (watercolour on paper)
1767458 Parade of the Victuallers, 1821 (watercolour on paper) by Krimmel, Johann Ludwig (John Lewis) (1787-1821); 36.8x61 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Parade of the Victuallers)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, Looking West from Ninth Street (b / w photo)

Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, Looking West from Ninth Street (b / w photo)
6012461 Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, Looking West from Ninth Street (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chestnut Street)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: Interior Church of St James the Greater, Chestnut and Thirty-eighth Streets

Philadelphia: Interior Church of St James the Greater, Chestnut and Thirty-eighth Streets (b / w photo)
6012482 Philadelphia: Interior Church of St James the Greater, Chestnut and Thirty-eighth Streets (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: View of Chesnut Street, Philadelphia, 1840 (litho)

View of Chesnut Street, Philadelphia, 1840 (litho)
4075211 View of Chesnut Street, Philadelphia, 1840 (litho) by Bowen, John T. (1801-c.1856); 23x39 cm; Free Library of Philadelphia; eFree Library of Philadelphia; Print and Picture Collection

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: First Chestnut Street Theatre, Northeast Corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets, c

First Chestnut Street Theatre, Northeast Corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets, c
3576021 First Chestnut Street Theatre, Northeast Corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets, c.1820 (woodcut) by Castner, Samuel (1843-1929); 19x14.5 cm; Free Library of Philadelphia; (add.info)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Penns Residence in Second Street, below Chestnut Street (engraving)

Penns Residence in Second Street, below Chestnut Street (engraving)
966698 Penns Residence in Second Street, below Chestnut Street (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Penns Residence in Second Street, below Chestnut Street)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Chestnut Street, west from 3rd Street, c. 1885 (b / w photo)

Chestnut Street, west from 3rd Street, c. 1885 (b / w photo)
745879 Chestnut Street, west from 3rd Street, c.1885 (b/w photo) by Newell, Robert (1822-97); Free Library of Philadelphia; (add.info)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: Post Office, Chestnut, Market and Ninth Streets (b / w photo)

Philadelphia: Post Office, Chestnut, Market and Ninth Streets (b / w photo)
6012471 Philadelphia: Post Office, Chestnut, Market and Ninth Streets (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Post Office, Chestnut)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, looking East from Sixth Street (b / w photo)

Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, looking East from Sixth Street (b / w photo)
6012458 Philadelphia: Chestnut Street, looking East from Sixth Street (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chestnut Street)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: Drexel Institute, Corner Chestnut and Thirty-second Streets (b / w photo)

Philadelphia: Drexel Institute, Corner Chestnut and Thirty-second Streets (b / w photo)
6012475 Philadelphia: Drexel Institute, Corner Chestnut and Thirty-second Streets (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Drexel Institute)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: Weightman Building, Chestnut Street, near Fifteenth Street (b / w photo)

Philadelphia: Weightman Building, Chestnut Street, near Fifteenth Street (b / w photo)
6012466 Philadelphia: Weightman Building, Chestnut Street, near Fifteenth Street (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Weightman Building)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Betz Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (b / w photo)

Betz Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (b / w photo)
981044 Betz Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Betz Building, Philadelphia)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Chicago USA in the 1890a s

Chicago USA in the 1890a s
6117086 Chicago USA in the 1890As by American Photographer, (19th century); (add.info.: Chicago, Illinois, USA, in the 1890A s. Dearborn Avenue, north of Chestnut Street)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Philadelphia: Young Mens Christian Association, Southeast Corner Chestnut and Fifteenth Streets

Philadelphia: Young Mens Christian Association, Southeast Corner Chestnut and Fifteenth Streets (b / w photo)
6012460 Philadelphia: Young Mens Christian Association, Southeast Corner Chestnut and Fifteenth Streets (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: St Louis, Missouri, USA, devastated by a Cyclone on 27 May (engraving)

St Louis, Missouri, USA, devastated by a Cyclone on 27 May (engraving)
1605387 St Louis, Missouri, USA, devastated by a Cyclone on 27 May (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: St Louis, Missouri, USA)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Worcester WR1 1 Map

Worcester WR1 1 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Worcester WR1 1

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Wakefield WF9 2 Map

Wakefield WF9 2 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Wakefield WF9 2

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Barnsley S72 7 Map

Barnsley S72 7 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Barnsley S72 7

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Sefton PR8 6 Map

Sefton PR8 6 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Sefton PR8 6

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Oldham OL9 8 Map

Oldham OL9 8 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Oldham OL9 8

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: North Kesteven NG34 9 Map

North Kesteven NG34 9 Map
Postcode Sector Map of North Kesteven NG34 9

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: North Tyneside NE28 7 Map

North Tyneside NE28 7 Map
Postcode Sector Map of North Tyneside NE28 7

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Leeds LS6 1 Map

Leeds LS6 1 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Leeds LS6 1

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Swale ME9 8 Map

Swale ME9 8 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Swale ME9 8

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Charnwood LE11 3 Map

Charnwood LE11 3 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Charnwood LE11 3

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: West Lindsey LN1 3 Map

West Lindsey LN1 3 Map
Postcode Sector Map of West Lindsey LN1 3

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Calderdale HX1 3 Map

Calderdale HX1 3 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Calderdale HX1 3

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Kirklees HD2 1 Map

Kirklees HD2 1 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Kirklees HD2 1

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Edinburgh EH5 1 Map

Edinburgh EH5 1 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Edinburgh EH5 1

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Glasgow G22 6 Map

Glasgow G22 6 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Glasgow G22 6

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Rhondda Cynon Taf CF37 5 Map

Rhondda Cynon Taf CF37 5 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Rhondda Cynon Taf CF37 5

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: St. Louis, c1870. Creator: John Filmer

St. Louis, c1870. Creator: John Filmer
St. Louis, 1874. Scenes in the city of St Louis, Missouri, USA: 5th Street near the Barracks, New Court House, Lafayette Park, Olive Street, On Chestnut Street, A nook in McDowells College

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, c1897. Creator: Unknown

Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, c1897. Creator: Unknown
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, c1897. From " A Tour Through the New World America", by Prof. Geo. R. Cromwell. [C. N. Greig & Co. London, c1897]

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, USA, c1900. Creator: Unknown

Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, USA, c1900. Creator: Unknown
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, USA, c1900. The street was originally named Wynne Street after Thomas Wynne who lived there. William Penn renamed it Chestnut Street in 1684

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 19th century

Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 19th century. From The Colonial Portfolio. [The Werner Company, London]

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, c1930s. Artist: Ewing Galloway

Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, c1930s. Artist: Ewing Galloway
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, c1930s. A print from Countries of the World, edited by JA Hammerton, volume V, the Fleetway House, London, c1930s

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Chicago, Illinois, USA, in the 1890 s. Dearborn Avenue, north of Chestnut Street

Chicago, Illinois, USA, in the 1890 s. Dearborn Avenue, north of Chestnut Street. From the book The United States of America - One Hundred Albertype Illustrations From Recent Negatives of the Most

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Weda Cook Classical Costum Eakins Chestnut Street

Weda Cook Classical Costum Eakins Chestnut Street
Weda Cook in Classical Costum in Eakinss Chestnut Street Studio; Thomas Eakins (American, 1844 - 1916); about 1892; Platinum print; 7.2 x 2.5 cm (2 13, 16 x 1 in.)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: Samuel Murray Thomas Eakins William O Donovan

Samuel Murray Thomas Eakins William O Donovan
Samuel Murray, Thomas Eakins and William O Donovan in Eakinss Chestnut Street Studio; Thomas Eakins (American, 1844 - 1916); 1891 - 1892; Platinum print; 8.9 x 9.2 cm (3 1, 2 x 3 5, 8 in.)

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: PHILADELPHIA, c1855. Storefronts on the corner of 2nd Street and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, c1855. Storefronts on the corner of 2nd Street and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph by Frederick De Bourg Richards, c1855

Background imageChestnut Street Collection: PHILADELPHIA, c1855. Storefronts on the corner of 5th Street and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, c1855. Storefronts on the corner of 5th Street and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph by Frederick De Bourg Richards, c1855



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"Exploring the Rich History of Chestnut Street: From Banks to Blizzards" Chestnut Street, a historic thoroughfare in Philadelphia, has witnessed significant events and landmarks throughout its existence. One notable landmark was the Second Bank of the United States located at 16 Chestnut Street. This architectural marvel stood as a symbol of financial power during its time. In contrast to this grandeur, another event etched into Chestnut Street's history is the conflagration of the Masonic Hall in 1819. The devastating fire engulfed this iconic building, leaving behind haunting memories on this bustling street. Moving forward in time, we come across captivating black and white photographs that capture different eras along Chestnut Street. One such image showcases the United States Mint at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Juniper Streets—a hub for producing currency that shaped America's economy. Another photograph takes us back to an era when blizzards paralyzed cities. Scenes from "The Recent Blizzard in America" depict snow-covered streets along Chestnut Street, offering a glimpse into how Philadelphians braved these harsh winters. Not all images are somber; some showcase vibrant celebrations like the Parade of Victuallers in 1821. This watercolor painting captures merchants parading down Chestnut Street with pride and joy. As we delve deeper into history through photographs, we encounter snapshots showcasing everyday life on Chestnut Street—such as women finding solace at Home for Indigent Widows and Single Women or congregations gathering within St James the Greater Church at Thirty-eighth Streets' intersection. One lithograph transports us back to 1840—an aerial view capturing bustling activity along ChesNUT (pun intended) street with horse-drawn carriages traversing its length—a window into daily life during that period. Lastly, our journey concludes with a nod towards entertainment—the First ChesNUT (again. )Street Theatre.