Franklin Institute

Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute became the center of a new cultural enterprise that linked engineers, scientists, industrialists from coast to coast in the application of the new knowledge of the age of science. Centered in Philadelphia it gave the city unprecedented advantages as it led the way toward national industrial standards. Its members created the industrial wealth of the mid and late 19th century, supported the city’s institutions and became the focus of the unique identity that was largely formed by Frank Furness and his peers and counterparts, the Wilson Brothers. © George E. Thomas