Shunk, Isaac



Shunk, Isaac


Isaac Shunk was a master builder in Philadelphia elected to the Carpenters' Company in 1823. It is revealed in Donna J. Rilling's book, Making Houses, Crafting Capitalism: Builders in Philadelphia, 1790-1850, that Isaac Shunk worked for carpenter Joshua Sharples in 1805 and 1806. After elected to the Carpenters' Company, Shunk served on the Book Prices Committee in 1826 and from 1832-55. Shunk first lived at 54 Chester street. By 1824, he moved to 35 Palmyra Square and continued to live there until atleast 1850 and probably until his death in 1855. In 1865, his widow was placed on the Company's list for quarterly allowance.

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

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Committee Membership

Book Prices Committee, 1826,32-55

Business Address

35 Palmyra Square (CD) (1840)


Carpenters' Co. Minutes-1865-111 Widow of Isaac Shunk placed on list for quarterly allowance. ------------------------- City Records D.S.B. 338; filed Nov. 17, 1817; satisfied March 31, 1820 Isaac Shunk vs. Henry Deninger. Claim for $670.78 against a certain three story brick house and piazza and three story kitchen adjoining situate on the west side in Front street between Green and Coates streetsin the Northern Liberties, for carpenters work. ------------------------ City Directory - 1814 - Isaac, carpenter, 54 Chester 1820 - Isaac, carpenter, 57 Mechanic 1824 - Isaac, carpenter, 35 Palmyra square City Directory - 1840, 45, 50 - Isaac, measurer, 35 Palmyra Square.