Lithograph of Pennsylvania Hospital, 8th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA, by J. C. Wild, circa 1840.
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Exterior view of the hospital, located on Pine Street between 8th and 9th Streets, from the southeast. Street scene in foreground includes a carriage; a wagon; several riders on horseback including a woman riding side saddle; pedestrians; and a watchman's guardhouse. Designed by Samuel Rhoads and David Evans, Jr., the east wing of the hospital was constructed 1755, the west wing and center pavilion in the 1790s.

Credit: Courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia

Founded in 1751, Pennsylvania Hospital was the first hospital opened in Britain's North American colonies, and the preeminent hospital of the early Republic. The east wing was constructed in 1755. The west wing and center pavilion, designed by David Evans Jr., were constructed between 1794 and 1805.

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