Philadelphia Contributionship

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Philadelphia Contributionship
Philadelphia Contributionship is located in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Contributionship
Location 212 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Built 1835-36
Architect Thomas U. Walter
Collins and Autenreith[1]
Architectural style Greek Revival[1]
NRHP Reference # 71000732
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 27, 1971[3]
Designated NHL December 22, 1977[4]
Designated PHMC December 17, 1954[2]

The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire is the oldest property insurance company in the United States. It was organized by Benjamin Franklin in 1752, and incorporated in 1768.[1][5]

The Contributionship's building, at 212 S. 4th Street between Walnut and Locust Streets in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, was built in 1835-36 and was designed by Thomas U. Walter in the Greek Revival style, with Corinthian columns. The portico was replaced in 1866 by Collins and Autenreith who also expanded the living quarters on the top two floors by the addition of a mansard roof. A marble cornice between the third and fourth floors was also added.[1] The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.[4][6]

Early directors

Notable early directors of the company included:
Name Occupation
William Coleman judge
Benjamin Franklin printer
Samuel Rhoads architect / master carpenter
Philip Syng silversmith

See also



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Gallery, John Andrew, ed. (2004). Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Foundation for Architecture. ISBN 0962290815.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>, p.50
  2. "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Philadelphia Contributionship". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Key events in the history of Contributionship". The Contributionship Companies. Retrieved 2008-10-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  6. George R. Adams (May 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Philadelphia Contributionship" (pdf). National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> and Accompanying 9 photos, exterior and interior, from 1972 and 1977 PDF (32 KB)

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