William Strickland designed this impressive, time-bitten Greek Revival structure, modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, to house the Second Bank of the United States. Later, from 1845 to 1935, the building served as the U.S. Customs House for Philadelphia. The structure now serves as a National Park-run gallery of several dozen quite excellent paintings—some by noted portraitist Charles Wilson Peale—depicting famous early Americans from Ben Franklin and Patrick Henry to explorers Lewis and Clark. There is also a life-sized 1814 wooden statue of George Washington by William Rush.
Second Bank Portrait Gallery
420 Chestnut St. (between 4th & 5th streets)
Our Rating Neighborhood Around town Hours Wed-Sat 10am-5pm Transportation
Bus: 9, 21, 42, 57Phone 215/965-2305 Prices Free Web site Second Bank Portrait Gallery
Map420 Chestnut St. Philadelphia
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