Brown House, Circa 1830, Fort Gaines

This has served as a private residence and a hotel during its long history. The exterior attic doorway to and porthole windows on the frieze are quite unusual.

Fort Gaines Historic District, National Register of Historic Places


5 thoughts on “Brown House, Circa 1830, Fort Gaines

  1. Pat

    Maybe the steps to the third floor are too small to be of any real use, or at least too small to move furniture, and they needed an easier access to the attic. There are a lot of buildings in Philly that have a door on the third floor. They have a wood beam that sticks out over the door with a pully on it, to pull furniture up.
    Just a guess.
    Have a great day.

    1. drtrd Post author

      I’ve never thought of this use, Pat, but how fascinating. Very likely on this building too, as it was most certainly a boardinghouse at some point…


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