Kay Olson Freeman writes:
I did not know that the six ionic columns that were on front of the 3rd Philadelphia Mint (built 1833) are now free-standing outside of Albert Einstein Hospital, North Broad St., Philadelphia. Evidently, the William Strickland designed mint building was demolished 1907 and the columns were moved to, what was then, the Jewish Hospital in 1912. Each column is all one piece of stone, not in sections. I just learned this watching a PBS TV show "A Walk on Broad Street." Maybe others knew this; but I did not.
I've poked around the 'net for an image of the columns but came up empty. I used Google and Bing images searches, and Flickr. Does anyone have or know where to locate a photo of the columns today? Below is a photo of the third mint from the U.S. Treasury web site.
Kay also found a couple early 1900s newspaper articles on the moving of the columns to various locations. I did not have access to the web site, so if anyone does have other information on the demolition of the third mint and the moving of the columns, let us know. Thanks.
On a somewhat related note, I came across a bookseller listing this week for an item related to renovations at another U.S. Mint:
Schematic Design Report for Renovation and Adaptive Reuse of the Old United States Mint, New Orleans, Louisiana, E Eean McNaughton & Associates April, 1976, The seller is Michael J. Osborne Books LLC, Columbia, MD
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