Here are some sketches of the houses of the founding fathers. George Washington’s Mount Vernon occupies, of course, pride of place. Benjamin Franklin’s house does not remain, alas, not unlike houses of some of the other founders, but at least Franklin’s memory was not besmirched by the sort of abomination that “represents” Franklin Court, in Philadelphia. As I could not find an image of Samuel Adams’s own house, I used the house he was hiding in at Lexington when the British were coming.
Not even HABS has an old image of Franklin Place. So, unable to bring myself to conclude this retrospective with the modernist kitsch of Venturi & Rauch inflicted upon historic Philadelphia in 1976, I offer the Fairmont Water Works. Glimpsing it briefly but frequently from Amtrak, I’d always believed to be college crew boathouses, they were designed in 1809 and built in 1812-72 to disguise the pump equipment of the city’s former water system, atop the reservoir for which the museum now sits.