Hamilton Court represents a compelling chapter in Philadelphia’s history, serving as a piece of the larger urban portrait built under the vision of William Hamilton. Under the dream of creating a grid-based arrangement of “villages” connected to the larger street system, Hamilton developed numerous areas in West Philadelphia, drawing the attention of wealthy citizens looking to easily traverse the city’s many districts. Hamilton Court remains one of the most prestigious examples of this post-Revolutionary expansion, noted for its Venetian Gothic design that defines some of the most noteworthy buildings in Philadelphia’s heritage, while also serving as a connecting point “convenient to everywhere.” 1,2
1. University of Pennsylvania Archives. West Philadelphia: The Basic History. http://www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/features/wphila/history/history2.html
2. Hamilton Court Apartments Pamphlet.