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Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire

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The Contributionship, the nation's oldest fire insurance company, was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1752; the present Greek Revival building with fluted marble Corinthian columns dates from 1836 and has some magnificently elegant salons (particularly the boardroom, where a seating plan on the wall lists Benjamin Franklin as the first incumbent of seat Number One). The architect, Thomas U. Walter, was also responsible for the dome and House and Senate wings of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. This is still an active business, but a small museum is open to the public by appointment.

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  • Address: 212 S. 4th St., Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA, 19106 | Map It
  • Phone: 215/627–1752
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Weekdays 9–4; museum open by appointment
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  • Location: Society Hill
Updated: 05-19-2011

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    Not bad for its size

    This is a working insurance company that has a small museum about the company on site. Has a nice little garden out back as well. Worth a pop-in if you're in the area.

    by bachslunch, 10/20/08

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