Hall, Alexander



Hall, Alexander


Alexander Hale was a master builder and an "encourager" of the Philadelphia edition of Abraham Swan's The British Architect (R. Bell for J. Norman, 1775), the first book of architecture published in America. Elected to The Carpenters' Company in 1786, he was excluded in 1790, probably for failing to pay his dues.

Biography from Philadelphia Architects and Builders, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Written by Roger W. Moss.

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5th bet. Walnut & Spruce (1785, 93) Prime


Managing Committee Minutes-1786-3-116,121 Joseph Govett proposed Alexander Hall; Alexander Hall elected. Managing Committee Minutes-1790-4-44 Alexander Hall not having complied with our articles is not considered a member of this Company. (Removed from membership.) Athenaeum Phila. Directory 1785 - house carpenter 5th bet. Walnut & Spruce " " 1793 - house carpenter 65 S. 5th St. " " 1794 - house carpenter 67 S. 5th ------------------ PA Gazette 1/10/1776 - # 21538 Listed as ensign in 5th battalion to be raised by Pennsylvania PA Gazette 7/17/1776 - #22487 On July 13, 1776, Philadelphia County Committee established a "flying camp;" he was appointed a Second Lieutenant. PA Gazette 7/20/1785 - #2214 Sheriff's sale of land near Front & Penn Sts. PA Gazette 5/24/1786 - #3262 & #3443 Sheriff's sale for land near Front & Penn Sts. Also owned land near Front & Pine Sts. --------------------

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