As a young man in Maryland, Charles Willson Peale felt he could do just about anything. Evidently, he was correct.
Today, he’s known mostly for more than 1,100 paintings of Revolutionary War colleagues and notables he created. Over 100 of them are in the Second Bank of the U.S. at 420 Chestnut Street.
But Peale, who never saw a painting before he was 20 years old, was far more than a painter. He was also an inventor, a silversmith, a watchmaker, a soldier, and a leader in just about everything he touched.
Enjoy 3 magnificent buildings in 3 different styles … all within 300 steps of each other
Most of us know our city is chock-full of historic Colonial buildings, such as Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall and Christ Church.
But few realize Philadelphia is home to three architectural masterpieces – as eclectic and extraordinary as you’ll find anywhere in the world – all bunched together on N. Broad Street.
What’s more, these three marvels are all designated as U.S. National Historic Landmarks.
If you asked me to rank Philadelphia’s must-see sights, the unique Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) building on North Broad Street would easily top my list of buildings.
To me, this one-of-a-kind creation, primarily designed by famous Philadelphia architect Frank Furness and located just up the street from City Hall, should be #1 on every Philadelphian’s bucket list. It’s that spectacular.