1733 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
See list of structures, now demolished, page 176, Moss.
Supervised construction of Union League, Broad & Sansom Sts.
Old Main, Widener University (see Comments)
Tatman & Moss Bio Dictionary Phila. Architects page 176. Architect, carpenter and hotel manager, John Crump was born in Cheltenham, England. At the age of 12 he was brought to Philadelphia by his father, William H. Crump, who was employed as an editor by "The Philadelphia Inquirer." John Crump's first appearance in the Philadelphia city directories is in 1854, when he is noted as an accountant in the office of Matthew T. Miller, a broker. One of Crump's obituaries reported that he left Miller's office, moved to Ohio and learned the trade of carpenter and architect. By 1858 Crump was again in the Philadelphia city directories, this time as a builder, a profession which would be reported for him in the directories until 1870, when he was transformed into an architect. In 1871 his three occupations received individual notice in the city directories; he is listed as carpenter, architect and hotel manager. It appears that Crump was able to move between these three endeavors with some facility, being employed as a contractor on Thomas Richards's (q.v.) design for the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in 1873 and as an architect for The Globe and Atlas hotels erected near the Centennial grounds in Philadelphia in 1876 -- while still functioning as manager for the Colonnade Hotel, which he had designed and constructed from several properties at 15th & Chestnut. In addition, Crump also operated stone quarries in Conshohocken and Media, PA. Crump was a member of the Society of the Sons of St. George, which he joined in 1863. After he supervised construction of the Union League clubhouse according to John Fraser's (q.v.) design (in the process losing money owing to an increased price in building materials), he joined the League in 1865. In 1866 he also joined The Carpenters' Company. ---------------------- in member file copy of Historic Structures Report from Widener University (received May 2003) describing Mr. Crump's role in construction of "Old Main" building on campus. Also, a trove of new data on his other structures and land purchase in Delaware County, apparently where Granite Run mall is now located. A real find. ---------------------- See member file of Dan Peter Kopple for clipping describing renovations to Union League by Kopple's firm, including the original front structure completed by Crump in 1865. ---------------------- "Philadelphia Preserved" (page 67) Commercial Exchange 135 S. 2nd, S.E. corner Sansom St., built 1867-68 by John Crump, architect; demolished 1976. (page 147) Listed as builder for front portion of Union League, built 1864-65. ---------------------- Bus. Dir. (APS) 1860, pg. 1024 J. Crump, 213 Lodge St., carpenter-builder Bus. Dir. (APS) 1878, pg. 71: John Crump, 1739 St. Joseph's Ave., architect Bus. Dir. (APS) 1878, pg. 162, John Crump. 1739 St. Joseph's Ave., carpenter ---------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #407; filed December 27,1861; satisfied January 17, 1862 (with his signature) John Crump vs. Charles Hardt. Claim for $4,115.73 for work and materials against four-story brick messuage and one-story brick back building situate on the west side of Delaware 2nd street , 51 feet south of Chestnut street, in front 27 feet and in depth 60 feet and lot of ground. --------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #407; filed May 30, 1862; no note of satisfaction John Crump vs. The Delaware Avenue Market Company. Claim for $12,476. for work and materials against one storied brick building or market house and lot of ground bounded on the north by Dock street south by Spruce street east by Water street and west by Front street, in front on Dock street 86 feet 9 inches and on Spruce street 86 feet 7 inches and between Front and Water streets 98 feet 10 inches and the lot of ground. ------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #408; filed July 25, 1863; satisfied December 23, 1863 John Crump vs. William G. Cochran. Claim for $2,164.83 for work and materials against all that certain brick and iron building known as the Chestnut Street Theatre, and lot or piece of ground and cartilge appurtenant thereto, situated on the south side of Chestnut street 104 feet 9 inches westward from 12th street containing in front on Chestnut street 66 feet, and extending in depth of that width 150 feet to Clover street. ------------------ City Records D.C. Liens book #408; filed November 2,1863; satisfied with judgment John Crump vs. Margaret Lamb. Claim for $3,266.19 for work and labor against all two certain 5-story brick and iron messuages or tenements situated on the west side of Letitia street at the distance of 21 feet 9 inches south from Black Horse alley, extending southward about 41 feet , in front on said Letitia street, and extending in depth westward 66 feet 3 inches of the same breadth and the lot or piece of ground and cartilage appurtenant to said buildings. ------------------ City Records D.C. Liens book #409; filed June 18, 1867; satisfied May 20, 1868 John Crump vs. Abraham Friday. Claim for $2,100. for work and materials against all that certain 4-story brick store building and lot of ground situate on the southeast corner of Chestnut and Second streets, being about 19 feet (the lot was formerly 21 feet 9 inches front on Chestnut street and about 29 feet 4 1/4 inches deep on Second street.) ----------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #410; filed October 21, 1868; satisfied December 12, 1868 (with his signature) John Crump vs. Joseph W. Bullock. Claim for $3845.28 for work and materials against all that certain 6-story building with granite front and French roof situate on the northwest corner of 2nd and Chestnut streets, the said building being 18 feet 6 inches front on 2nd street and 50 feet 9 inches deep on Chestnut street. ----------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #410; filed October 27, 1868; satisfied July 13, 1871 John Crump vs. John B. Nelson. Claim for $2471.88 for work and materials against all that certain 3-story brick building with marble base and Ashler steps situate on the east side of 16th street (No. 803) about 65 feet 6 inches south of Catharine street, 16 feet in front and the lot of ground on which the same is built, being 16 feet in front by 42 feet deep to a 2-foot 4-inch wide alley. ------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #410, filed November 5, 1868; satisfied December 6, 1869 John Crump vs. Cornelius Johnson Tyndale. Claim for $5626.40 for work and materials against that certain 4-story brick building and store No. 145 south 2nd street, situate on the east side of 2nd street , 70 feet more or less north of Walnut street and adjoining the property of the Chamber of Commerce or Commercial Exchange and south being about 15 feet 3 inches in front on 2nd street and the lot being in depth eastward about 103 feet. ------------------ City Records D.C. Liens book #410; filed December15, 1868; satisfied March 12, 1869 John Crump vs. Robert Wharton Sykes. Claim for $4,567.13 for work and materials against all that certain dressed stone dwelling house and tower, bay windows and verandah and roof of slate and tin and lot of ground on which the same is erected situate on the southest side of Clapier street 569 feet 1 1/2 inches southwest of Servier street and thence extending along other ground of W.W.Knight deceased (with precise measurements of location.) ------------------ City Records D.C. Liens book #412; filed May 7, 1870; satisfied November 5, 1870 John Ward and Charles H. McKeever, trading as Ward & McKeever, vs. John Crump, owner and contractor. Claim for $726.41 against a 5-story building and lot of ground on the south side of Chestnut street , 25 feet more or less from the west side of 15th street, known as the Colonade hotel, containing in front 60 feet and in depth 155 feet. ------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #412; claim filed April 12, 1870; satisfied August 19, 1870 Amos U. Myers & Samuel Cartlidge, trading as Myers & Cartlidge, vs. the Rector, Wardens & Vestrymen of "The Church of the Holy Innocents, owners, and George C. Wagner, contractor, and John Crump, ARCHITECT. Claim for $559.69 for mason work etc. against a church edifice built of stone and lot of ground situate at the corner of Washington & Wissinoming sts. (Tacony), containing in front on the northeast side of Washington street 50 feet and in depth along Wissinoming street 180 feet. ------------------ City Records D.C. Liens book #411; filed July 20, 1869; satisfied March 21, 1871 John Crump vs. The North Presbyterian Church. Claim for $3,339.79 for work and materials against all that certain church building 40 feet wide and 66 feet 6 inches in depth, and the lot of ground whereon the same is erected, situate on the south side of Master street about 160 feet west of 15th street, containing in front on Master street 80 feet and in depth southward 161 feet to Eliza street. ------------------ City Records D.C. Liens book #411; filed November 20, 1869; satisfied December 10,1869 John Crump vs. Thomas Bradley. Claim for $227.36 for materials furnished against 15 brick messuages and lots of ground situate on the west side of 17th street beginning at 1008.69 feet south of Carpenter street. ------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #418; filed November 19, 1872; satisfied with judgment John Crump vs. Henry L. Gill and Mary his wife, owners, and Thomas G. Gill, contractor. Claim for $4,320.91 for necessary work and materials against a 2-story brick dwelling house with brown stone front and mansard roof and lot of ground situate on the south side of Kingsessing avenue ( No. 4206), 79 feet 8 inches west of 42nd street, said lot being 25 feet 7 3/4 inches in front by 176 feet 6 inches deep at right angles with Kingsessing avenue. --------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #418, filed January 18, 1873; satisfied with judgment John Crump vs. Joseph B. Sheppard and James M. Arrison, trading as Sheppard & Arrison. Claim for $11,172.75 for work and materials, additions, alterations etc. against a 4-story brick building situate on the south side of Chestnut street about 85 feet 6 inches west of 10th street, being numbered 1008 Chestnut, being 26 feet 6 inches in front on Chestnut street by 235 feet deep to Sansom street.