We were in the city for a few days and discovered this magnficent historic gem, As a child I lived near here and did not know it existed. We had been looking at the old home of Richardson Dilworth, a famous Philadelphian who was mayor and district attorney who lived next door to this building (his home has been closed for 14 years).
This is a members only library which was built in 1847, but allows free entrance into its galleries to see current and ongoing exhibitions. Presently, there is an exhibit on Robert Phillips, a local craftsman, who worked in metal--there are some examples of his work, sketches and drawings. There are also old artifacts and pictures in other areas and an interesting exhibit on Napoleon's brother Joseph,Bonaparte, who built an estate called "Point Breeze" on the Delaware River near Bordentown in the early 1800s.
The interior of the library is a sight to see. There are a number of reading rooms, one in the rear on the second floor has to be one of the most beautiful rooms you will ever see, Very high ceilings, large windows, with stacks of rare books. There are also lovely chandeliers and a beautiful winding staircase in the center of the library.
The library is open weekdays from 9 to 5 PM and the first three Saturdays of the month from 11 to 3 PM. If you have a chance, visit this place to step back into history.
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