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Second Bank of the United States

420 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 USA

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Second Bank of the United States

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  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi

“The 2nd oldest US bank”

Designed by William Strickland, this building, built between 1819 and 1824, is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. The Second Bank was incorporated in 1816 and was one of the most influential financial institutions in the world until 1832, when it became the center of bitter controversy between bank president Nicholas Biddle and President Andrew Jackson. The bank ceased to exist in 1836 after Jackson vetoed the bill to renew its charter. The building continued for a short time to house a banking institution under a Pennsylvania charter. From 1845 to 1935 the building served as the Philadelphia Customs House. The "People of Independence" exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives of those who prized order and reason, yet lived in a world marked by disease, slavery, and the fear of the unknown. Portraits by artist Charles Willson Peale form the core of the collection. In the early 1800's, these likenesses of "worthy Personages" were exhibited in Peale's Philadelphia Museum, located on the second floor of Independence Hall. Additional portraits by other artists, particularly a number by British pastel artists James and Ellen Sharples, have been added to the collection through the years.

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Second Bank of the United States

420 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19106 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Garage Parking
  • Yes Parking

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