Second Bank of the United States

Philadelphia
PA

The Second Bank, modeled after the Parthenon

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  • Designed by William Strickland (1788 - 1854) who won a competition in 1818. Famous for his Greek Revival architecture, The Second Bank building is Strickland’s fifth completed building, and the one that made him famous.
  • In 1828 Strickland accepted a commission to replace the steeple to Independence Hall. The original wooden steeple from 1750, badly damaged, had been removed in 1781. The steeple we see today is a restoration of the Strickland steeple completed in 2012.
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Completed in 1824, it is used today as a portrait gallery for 185 paintings of colonial and federal leaders, many by Charles Willson Peale.
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New York City was in turmoil when [Aaron] Burr set up his office on Wall Street. The British army had occupied the city for seven years, and two devastating fires had reduced sections to rubble.... In 1783, Burr was part of a mass migration into the city, which doubled the population from 12,000 to 24,000 in two years. Many were former residents, others were ambitious newcomers, battling to reestablish New York as a prosperous mercantile city in the new republic.

Nancy Isenberg
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr (2014)