Thomas Bond House Bed and Breakfast

129 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
 

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    The legant alternative to impersonal lodging

    Step into the 18th century in this exquisitely restored 1769 Bed and Breakfast gem: Thomas Bond House Bed and Breakfast. On the National Historic Register of Historic Places, this certified historic restoration Bed and Breakfast is the only lodging located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Independence National Historic Park.

    A gracious welcome

    Today, the carefully restored Thomas Bond House Bed and Breakfast warmly welcomes its guests, with an ambiance of quiet luxury. Stay in rooms carefully restored to the 18th Century Federal Period. In winter, a crackling fire in the marble fireplace beckons the visitor to the charming parlor to relax or enjoy a game of chess or bridge at the game table, while sipping on a complimentary glass of sherry or brandy. Weekdays, guests are served a continental breakfast featuring freshly squeezed orange juice and muffins, baked fresh daily. On weekends, guests enjoy a sumptuous breakfast. Evenings start with complimentary wine.

    Yesterday's Philadelphia & today's

    In the heart of Philadelphia's Old City, The Thomas Bond House Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance of many historic sites, including Independence Hall. Fine restaurants, theaters, museums, world-class shopping and the internationally acclaimed Academy of Music and Philadelphia Orchestra are all on the doorstep. Those on business have easy access to downtown Philadelphia. Amtrak's 30th Street Station, the Delaware River and Philadelphia's International Airport are minutes away.

    Awards and Recognitions

    • Rated by AAA, The Mobile Guide, and the American Bed and Breakfast Association
    • Selected as one of the top 25 Best Historic Inns by American Historic Inns
    • Selected as one of the top 52 Great Getaways by the Washingtonian Magazine
    • Also featured in Mid-Atlantic Country Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and others

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  • History

    The Man

    Thomas Bond (1712-1784) born in Calvert County, Maryland, celebrated Philadelphia physician and surgeon, formally trained in Europe, Chiefly at Paris, who contributed significantly to the field of medical science in early America, is best known, along with his friend, Benjamin Franklin, for helping to found the Pennsylvania Hospital, the first public hospital in the United States, chartered 1751. He was a member of their first staff and served for free. He began practicing medicine in Philadelphia in 1734, later joined by his brother Phineas. Dr Bond initiated a series of clinical lectures that were, in fact, the first course in clinical methodology in the colonies. He was an excellent surgeon, with chief interest in medicine, especially its application to hygiene and epidemiology. Bond was a member of the original board of trustees of the College of Philadelphia, now University of Pennsylvania. He was also a founder of the American Philosophical Society in 1760. He also volunteered his services to the Committee of Safety in 1776 and assisted in organizing the army.

    The House

    Built in 1769 by Dr. Thomas Bond, the four story house is historically significant as an important example of the classical revival "Georgian" style architecture. Dr. Bond built the original part of the residence in 1769. The ionic modillion cornice at the roof line is the most elaborate high feature of the building. Additions were made in 1824 and 1840. The parlour features a Rumford fireplace. The grand stair, leading from the third floor to the garret floor, was copied by the nearby City Tavern. The "borrowed light window" on the garret floor, which allows light to get from an outside room to an inside room, is another fascinating architectural detail. The house served as a residence until 1810. Until restored as a B&B in 1988, it also served as a stocking manufactory, leather tannery, leather goods manufacturer, rag supplier, customs broker and retail shop.

    About The Area

    A fashionable Philadelphia residential area since William Penn rented his in-town house, the Slate Roof Home, there in 1699, South Second Street boasted a number a number of prominent residents over the years. Dr. Bond's contemporaries including the brewer Samuel Morris, Robert Fulton, pioneer in stream navigation, Peter Gallaudet, grandfather of the founder of Gallaudet College, Clement Biddle, George Washington's business agent in Philadelphia, John Dickenson, signer of the Constitution, David Rittenhouse, colonial astronomer and James Logan, William Penn's secretary in the early years of the colony.