Free Museum Day At The Powel House

Free Museum Day At The Powel House
July 1st, 2022 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
244 S 3rd St #3811, Philadelphia, PA 19106

PhilaLandmarks is partnering with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to present Orchestra in the Garden, a free concert at the Powel House on Friday, July 1st at 7 p.m. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents a program of Classical and Baroque music that would have been known and loved by Philadelphia’s own Benjamin Franklin. Italian Baroque composers like Corelli and Boccherini were known to populate the Founding Father’s personal libraries, while in Paris, Franklin and Jefferson met and admired Mozart and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Celebrate Independence Day in our nation’s birthplace listening to the favorite music of Philadelphia’s most famous revolutionary. This program was made possible by PNC Arts Alive.

About the Powel House

Elizabeth Willing Powel didn’t just entertain the political elite with lavish meals; she had a strong voice and became one of Washington’s closest confidants during his presidency, advising him on issues both personal and political. Her husband Samuel, despite his Colonial-revival moniker of “Patriot Mayor,” took a more measured attitude towards Independence, signing the Oath of Allegiance days before the British withdrew their troops from occupied Philadelphia. (The Powels remained at their city residence even while the Earl of Carlisle occupied their bedchamber!) One of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United States, it was built in 1765 by merchant and businessman Charles Stedman. It later stood witness as the neighborhood around it deteriorated and industrialized. The property was used for manufacturing and warehousing by owner Wolf Klebanksy at the turn of the 19th C. By 1931, under threat of demolition, the house was purchased and became the flagship property of the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. Later restored and opened as a museum dedicated to Colonial Revivalism, it played an integral role in the redevelopment of Society Hill into one of the nation’s premier heritage neighborhoods just blocks from Independence Hall.

Famous Visitors during the Powel residency included George & Martha Washington, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette and John Adams, who wrote of his enjoyment of a “most sinful feast” after a particular visit. 

During the early 20th century, Klebansky sold much of the interior architectural detail to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Original architecture elements can be viewed in the Powel Room at both museums.

2022-07-01 2022-07-01 America/New_York Free Museum Day At The Powel House Free Museum Day At The Powel House on July 01, 2022 @ 12:00 am --- PhilaLandmarks is partnering with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to present Orchestra in the Garden, a free concert at the Powel House on Friday, July 1st at 7 p.m. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents a program of Classical and Baroque music that would have been known and loved by Philadelphia’s own Benjamin Franklin. Italian Baroque composers like Corelli and Boccherini were known to populate the Founding Father’s personal libraries, while in Paris, Franklin and Jefferson met and admired Mozart and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Celebrate Independence Day in our nation’s birthplace listening to the favorite music of Philadelphia’s most famous revolutionary. This program was made possible by PNC Arts Alive. About the Powel House Elizabeth Willing Powel didn’t just entertain the political elite with lavish meals; she had a strong voice and became one of Washington’s closest confidants during his presidency, advising him on issues both personal and political. Her husband Samuel, despite his Colonial-revival moniker of "Patriot Mayor," took a more measured attitude towards Independence, signing the Oath of Allegiance days before the British withdrew their troops from occupied Philadelphia. (The Powels remained at their city residence even while the Earl of Carlisle occupied their bedchamber!) One of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United States, it was built in 1765 by merchant and businessman Charles Stedman. It later stood witness as the neighborhood around it deteriorated and industrialized. The property was used for manufacturing and warehousing by owner Wolf Klebanksy at the turn of the 19th C. By 1931, under threat of demolition, the house was purchased and became the flagship property of the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. Later restored and opened as a museum dedicated to Colonial Revivalism, it played an integral role in the redevelopment of Society Hill into one of the nation’s premier heritage neighborhoods just blocks from Independence Hall. Famous Visitors during the Powel residency included George & Martha Washington, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette and John Adams, who wrote of his enjoyment of a "most sinful feast" after a particular visit.  During the early 20th century, Klebansky sold much of the interior architectural detail to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Original architecture elements can be viewed in the Powel Room at both museums. --- 244 S 3rd St #3811, Philadelphia, PA 19106 --- --- https://welcomeamerica.com 244 S 3rd St #3811, Philadelphia, PA 19106