Carving details on the main stairway, 1926 Floral Motif on Column

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  • Athenaeum of Philadelphia
  • City of Philadelphia Art Commission
  • Dreck Wilson, private collector
  • Duke University Archives
  • Fairmount Park Commission Archives
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • James T. Maher, private collecter
  • Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia City Archives
  • Samuel T. Freeman & Co.
  • University Archives, University of Pennsylvania


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