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Robert Morris's FollyThe Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder$
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Ryan K. Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300196047

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300196047.001.0001

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His House

His House

(p.66) 4. His House
Robert Morris's Folly

Ryan K. Smith

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Morris's plans to build a house that would be a landmark—a residential equivalent to the State House, the library, the jail, the hospital, or one of Philadelphia's monumental churches. Morris swapped one of his rural estates worth £3,000 Pennsylvania currency, plus an additional £7,000 from Morris in the form of a seven-year mortgage, for an entire city block—396 feet wide by 510 feet deep—minus a tiny corner strip at Chestnut and Seventh, owned by the stubborn heirs of a local merchant who had died decades earlier.

Keywords:   Robert Morris, house, residence, Philadelphia

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