Custom Millwork - Pair of Open Bookcases in Cuban Mahogany

 
Product ID : ARC00023

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Overview

Circa: 1840

Period: 19th Century

Origin: Philadelphia

Condition: Excellent

Bookcase were fabricated from 19th century Door surrounds and wainscot that were salvaged from the Rittenhouse Club in Philadelphia built in 1840. The facade of the Rittenhouse club is still on the square. The insides were removed to make way for a new 5 story building that was built directly behind the facade for retail space.

The historic Rittenhouse Club of Philadelphia at 1811 Walnut Street originally by Newman, Woodman, and Harris Architects, 1840.
Rittenhouse Square, one of William Penn's original five, was known as the southwest square until 1825 when it was named for the astronomer-clockmaker, David Rittenhouse (1732-96). This amazing man of universal talents — one of many in 18th century Philadelphia — was a descendant of William Rittenhouse, who built the first paper mill in America in Germantown. He was at various times a member of the General Assembly and the State Constitutional Convention, and president of the Council of Safety. His survey of the Maryland-Pennsylvania boundary in 1763-64, to settle a dispute between the Penns and Lord Baltimore, was so accurate it was accepted and followed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon when they surveyed the "line" for which they are still remembered. Professor of Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania and inventor of the collimating telescope, he was also president of the American Philosophical Society and the first director of the United States Mint.

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