The Second Bank of the United States Is A Greek Revival Masterpiece

Second Bank of the United States

The Second Bank of the United States is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the nation. For a better view of this magnificent building, just click directly on the photo to enlarge it.

The Second Bank of the United States was once the central issue in American politics, during the administration of President Andrew Jackson, in the 1830s. Now a superb portrait gallery of great Americans, from the 18th and 19th centuries, its stunning Greek Revival architecture was equally influential, as a model for other bank buildings throughout the nation.

Newly renovated, the Second Bank remains one of the underrated Philadelphia attractions, as it is often overshadowed by nearby Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. However, it remains inconspicuous for another reason, - unfortunately, it's only open 12 hours a week. Accordingly, in an effort to improve its profile, the Second Bank opened a "People of Independence" exhibit, and it now offers a cell phone audio tour.

Getting to the Second Bank of the United States

SEPTA offers many ways to get to the Second Bank, via bus routes. You can take the Market-Frankford Line/Blue Line/el to the 5th Street stop, which permits you to get off the el at 5th and Market Streets. Head down 5th Street one block to Chestnut Street, and turn left - the Second Bank is located on that block.

If you are traveling to the Second Bank from the outer reaches of Philadelphia, or from the suburbs, you can take SEPTA Regional Rail. The vast majority of inbound trains to Philadelphia will stop at Market East Station, which is located at 11th and Market Streets in Center City.

From Market East, you can board an eastbound Blue Line train (make sure it says "Eastbound to Frankford") at 11th Street, and ride it for two stops to 5th Street. You can also take any eastbound bus on Market Street to either 4th or 5th and Market. And if it's a nice day and you feel like walking, it's about an eight-block walk - which is not difficult, at all.

Admission and Hours of Operation

Regrettably, the Second Bank is not open as much as the other, more high-profile, Philadelphia attractions in Independence National Historic Park. But if you happen to be in town, during an afternoon when it's open, definitely take it in...

It is located at 420 Chestnut Street - on Chestnut between 4th and 5th Streets.

Wednesday through Sunday - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closed all other days.

Free admission.

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