The Churchyard

The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) was established in 1933 as a program of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). HABS has become the national archive of significant American historic architecture and street furniture, such as gates and fences. HABS records are kept at the Library of Congress and “curated” by the American Institute of Architects. More than 600 listings of Philadelphia’s historic structures and street furniture are represented in the collection.
 
Old Pine Street Church was documented as part of the Society Hill survey. Photo documentation of the church, with accompany narrative are in the Library of Congress archives. Also in the archives are drawings of the historic Pine Street fence and the two gates flanking the Corinthian octastyle portico. The fence and gates were measured and drawn by William Allen Dunn, whose work appears in the photographic picture books of Philip B. Wallace.
 
For more information on HABS documentation in Philadelphia, refer to “Philadelphia Preserved” by Richard Webster. For more information on the fence, go to the Iconic Fence and Gate page.