Financiers & Others

  • Charles Custis Harrison, University of Pennsylvania Provost
  • Matthew Brady's photo of James G.Blaine
  • Samuel Shipley, Provident Bank

Furness transformed bank design from a standardized formula of stone façades with a central door to combative agents of Dawinian-survival-of-the fittest commerce. Beginning in 1871 with the Philadelphia Warehouse Company, and continuing with the Guarantee Trust, the Union Bank, the Provident, and the National Bank of the Republic Furness stamped the city’s bankers’ row as the center of American architectural innovation. He also designed many of the houses of the bank owners including Samuel Shipley’s country house in West Chester and William Rhawn’s Knowlton. © George E. Thomas