O'Neill, Robert



O'Neill, Robert


Robert O'Neil was a master builder elected to the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia in 1820. He first appeared in the 1820 directory as a house carpenter living at 82 Cedar street. Eventually in 1840, he was additionally listed as living on Penn Square. O'Neill reportedly did carpenter's work for the Second Presbyterian Church in Southwark in 1829 and also for the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia on Spruce street between Green street and 5th street in 1831. Robert served the Carpenters' Company to a great capacity later in his career. First, he served on the Managing Committee from 1836-38 and again from 1843-45. He was elected Vice President in 1848-50 and followed as President from 1851-53. Finally, he served on the Library Committee in 1853.

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

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Office Held

President, 1851-53
Vice President, 1848-50

Committee Membership

Library Committee, 1853
Managing Committee, 1836-38,43-45

Business Address

197 S. 2nd St. (CD) (1830)


926 Spruce St., (then Portico Square, now Portico Row)


City Records D.S.B. book #343; filed October 24, 1829; satisfied May 27, 1833 (with his signature showing two "L" s at end of name) Robert O'Neill vs. The Second Presbyterian Church of Southwark. Claim for $950 against a certain church situate on the west side of Moyamensing road about 90 feet below Christian street in Southwark, the dimensions of which are 50 by 65 feet, being for carpenter's work done at the said church. ------------------- City Records D.S.B. book #344; filed January 12, 1831; satisfied January 31, 1837 (with his signature) John & Robert O'Neill vs. The First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, Spruce street between Green and 5th streets. Claim for $1891.87 against the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia and a building occupied as a church, situate on the south side of Spruce street between Green street and 5th street , for carpenters work done in about the said building. -------------------- City Directory - 1820 - Robert, carpenter, 82 Cedar 1826 - Robert, house carpenter, 9 Gaskill; dwelling corner of Cedar & George City Directory - 1830 - Robert O'Neill, house carpenter, 197 S. 2nd St. 1835 - Robert O'Neill, house carpenter, 166 S. 4th. 1840 - Robert, carpenter, 306 Cedar; house 6 S. Penn Square (See Presley). 1845 - Robert, surveyor, Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Co., 134 Walnut; house 20 S. Penn Square. 1850, 54 - Robert, surveyor, Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Company, 134 Walnut; house 6 S. Penn Square. ------------------ paper of Kathleen Forrest, student of Roger Tatman & Tatman & Moss Bio Dictionary Phila. Architects Bio Dictionary Phila Architects: Credited with construction of 926 Spruce St.; paper has interesting information on how Portico Row came into existence.

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