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Doorway from Chalkley Hall, Frankford, Pennsylvania

Date:
ca. 1776
Geography:
Made in Frankford, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Granite, wood, and iron
Dimensions:
Door: 96 x 47 in. (243.8 x 119.4 cm) Portal: 146 x 84 in. (370.8 x 213.4 cm)
Classification:
Architecture
Credit Line:
Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1957
Accession Number:
57.142
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 756
This granite and wood doorway was the former entrance to Chalkley Hall, a house formerly located at Frankford, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. The main portion of the house, including the doorway, was erected in about 1776 for Abel James, a Philadelphia merchant. It was attached to a smaller, lower wing built in 1723 by Thomas Chalkley, merchant, ship owner, and Quaker missionary, whose daughter married Abel James. The house, built of cut Manchester stone brought as ballast from England, marked the culmination of English Georgian design in the Philadelphia area. Its front facade was nearly identical in detail to John Hawks' 1767 plan and elevation for Governor Tryon's Palace at New Bern, North Carolina. While it is impossible to attribute the Philadelphia structure to Hawks, it is known that he was in Philadelphia just prior to the construction of Chalkley Hall. Regardless of its designer, Chalkley Hall's granite portal is one of the most imposing in America.
Abel James, Frankfort, Pennsylvania, ca. 1776; Robert T. Trump, Flourtown, Pennsylvania, until 1957
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