Blain, Charles



Blain, Charles


Charles Blain was a house carpenter elected to the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia in 1812. Earlier, in the Fall of 1797 he had worked on the greenhouse, wings and kitchen of Robert Morris's country seat named "The Hills". This estate was later bought by merchant Henry Pratt who built Lemon Hill, a famous Federal Philadelphia mansion, on the same estate. Blain lived at 98-100 Filbert street until his death in 1817. Following his death, the Carpenters' Company provided financial assistance for his family. His wife received a quarterly allowance and his children received payments for their schooling.

Biography from the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Written by Tom Stokes.

Member Number


Last Name


First Name


Deceased Date


Spouse Name



William, Margaret and Charles

Date Elected


Business Address

98 Filbert (CD) (1810)


north side of Locust between 9th and 10th


City Records D.S.B. book #335; filed October 1, 1812; satisfied March 31, 1814 Charles Blaine (sp.) vs. Gray & Wylie. Claim for $445.04 against a brick building situate on the north side of Locust St. between 9th and 10th streets from the river Delaware in the City of Philadelphia. ----------------- Managing Committee Minutes-1802-9-18 William Powel proposed Charles Blain. Managing Committee Minutes-1812-9-228 Charles Blain elected. Managing Committee Minutes-1819-17-2 An order was drawn in favor of John Hoskins for schooling William & Charles Blain one quarter $10. Tuition of Margaret Blain $1.60 Managing Committee Minutes-1819-11, 21, 22, 27 37, 39 Schooling of Margaret, Charles and William Blain 3 months $15. $20 widow Baker's quarterly allowance. Application made by widow Blain for assistance. Loaning widow Blain $40. Managing Committee Minutes-1820-18-9 Schooling widow Blain\s children $11.37. 1821-1822-1823-18-41, 51, 64, 72, 87, 121 (Payments for widow Blain's children; last two payments for tuition of Margaret and Charles.) Managing Committee Minutes-1823-18-135, 145 Two payments ($8.46 & $7) for stationery and tuition of Margaret Blain. Managing Committee Minutes-1834-18-511 Communication received from widow Blain. ----------------- City Directory - 1810, 14 - Charles, carpenter, 98 Filbert 1820 - widow of Charles, 100 Filbert 1826 - widow, Margaret, gentlewoman, 98 Filbert City Directory - 1830 - Margaret Blain, 100 Filbert St.