Plan of Independence Hall (Philadelphia, Pa.)


Date: Circa 1736 | Size: 1 drawing


Plan of the ground and lots belonging to the State House. Docketing by Benjamin Franklin. Housed in its own red case (17x19.5").

Scope and content

The plan shows the ground 396 feet along Chestnut Street, 337 feet along Fifth and Sixth Streets, and backing on a line marked, Bounded on this Side By Severa1 Lotts of Ground. Two separate lots at the corner of Sixth and Chestnut and Seventh and Chestnut are marked out, and in the center of the back line is a Lott supposed Vacant. In the middle of the plan is a note: See the Act for Vesting the Statehouse and other Publick Buildings with the Lotts of Land whereon the same are Erected in Trustees for the Use of this Province. Passed Nono Geo: 2di Vol 2d page 167. On the back Franklin has written: "61. A Plan of the Ground and Lots belonging to the State House."

On January 19, 1735-6 John Kinsey first read to the Assembly of Pennsylvania a bill for vesting the Province-hall, etc. On February 20, 1735-6 a fuller discussion was held on the ground formerly bought by Andrew Hamilton for the State-house, and the two parcels of ground which were to be given to the City of Philadelphia for two public buildings. On October 15, 1736 Benjamin Franklin was appointed Clerk to the House of Representatives and John Kinsey on October 20, 1738 again reported for the Committee on he State-house Account, which included the amounts spent by Andrew Hamilton for the purchase of the ground, building materials, labor, etc. We believe that the present plan was part of the record submitted by Hamilton, and then numbered and docketed by Franklin in his capacity of Clerk.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 drawing (17x19.5").


Purchased in 1953.

Other finding aids

Realms of Gold, 15 (1).

Early American History Note

This single document contains an early survey of the ground that Independence Hall now occupies. It came from the papers of Benjamin Franklin.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Independence Hall (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • United States. Work Projects Administration


  • Architectural drawings.
  • Maps and Surveys

Personal Name(s)

  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790


  • Philadelphia History
  • Surveying and Maps