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Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire

  • 212 S. 4th St. Map It
  • Society Hill

Updated 05/19/2011

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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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212 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States

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  • Free
  • Weekdays 9–4; museum open by appointment

Updated 05/19/2011


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Oct 20, 2008

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.

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