At Home in Philadelphia
Anthony and Francis Drexel lived in Philadelphia their entire lives, while their brother Joseph resided in New York. While taking long holidays and attending to business matters calling them elsewhere, the three men's lives revolved around the management and development of Drexel & Co. and its partner branches. As the population of Philadelphia fluctuated during the mid-19th century, wealthy Philadelphians started to move west of 7th Street and into North Philadelphia and Rittenhouse neighborhoods. And, while it was not fashionable at the time, Anthony J. Drexel decided to move his family west of the Schuylkill River, at 38th and Walnut Streets. He bought up a city block where he could easily create a nest of homes for his family, referred to as the "Drexel Colony".
The Drexels moved between homes close to the society events and business center within city limits and seasonal residences in rural Pennsylvania and the larger east coast. Most notably, George W. Childs and Anthony J. Drexel and their families shared a home in Long Branch, New Jersey, next to the vacation home of Ulysses S. Grant.
Learn more about the Drexels by discovering their homes and important family sites. Select a point on the map to browse photographs and items.