Mechanics’ National Bank
Philadelphia’s first bank for the working and artist classes
The Mechanics’ National Bank, founded in 1810, was the first bank in Philadelphia created for members of the working and artist classes.
In 1835, the Bank turned to William Strickland, the man known as the “City Architect,” for the design and construction of a new building.
What Strickland created was a stately building in the Greek Revival style that has withstood 200 years of Philadelphia history. Its four massive columns create a powerful presence on 3rd Street, and even if you don’t know what the building is, you know it’s something important.
Mechanics’ National Bank building has been the proud home of many establishments in its 200 years of existence. Today, it houses the wildly popular bar, National Mechanics.
So take a walk by the building on 3rd Street between Market and Chestnut, take in an architectural wonder, then head inside for a pint and some delicious upscale pub food.
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