From Our Editors
In 1931, the unthinkable was about to happen. Powel House—the home of the City of Philadelphia's first mayor and a place that played host to such luminaries as George Washington, Ben Franklin, and John Adams—was going to be demolished. So Frances Anne Wister and a group of supporters founded The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks to save the historic building.
Despite the economic depression, they were successful, and 10 years later, they acquired Grumblethorpe in Germantown. They went on to obtain Physick House in the late 1960s, and then procured the Waynesborough estate in 1981. Today, PhilaLandmarks carries on Wister's vision by managing the four house museums and teaching thousands of visitors each year about Philadelphia's history.