Cassatt House Fellows’ Residence

The Library Company’s fellows’ residence is located next door at 1320 Locust Street. It is a five-story townhouse attributed to the eminent Philadelphia architectural firm of Frank Furness and Allen Evans, built in 1883 for J. Gardner Cassatt (1849–1911), a financier and brother of Pennsylvania Railroad President Alexander J. Cassatt and of the artist Mary Cassatt. It has been renovated to serve as a residential research center, with living accommodations for short-term and long-term fellows, an eat-in kitchen, shared office space, and a roof deck patio. The second floor houses Library Company office and meeting spaces.

Accommodations for Fellows

The house has six bedrooms, all with shared bath except for the ground floor room. Linens and towels are furnished. Residents have the use of a fully-equipped eat-in kitchen and a shared office with multiple desks and a networked computer and printer. There is Wi-Fi throughout the building, central air-conditioning, and an elevator to all floors, and the house is fully accessible. The following rooms are available; prices subject to change:

  • A large room on the ground floor with self-contained bath, suitable for couples ($750 per month)
  • A large room on the fourth floor facing the street ($700 per month)
  • Two rooms on the third floor and one on the fourth floor ($600 per month)
  • A small room on the third floor ($450 per month)
Accommodations for other scholars

Library Company and Historical Society of Pennsylvania fellows have priority for housing. The house is usually full from April to October, though even during those peak periods vacancies may occur. When space is available, scholars who are not currently fellows and who wish to access the Library Company’s collections may stay at the Cassatt House. Room rates are as above but $50 per month more for non-fellows, and may be prorated for short stays. Fellowship awards are made around April 15 each year and rooms are held for fellows until the end of May. After that, inquiries from other scholars will be welcome. Contact Fran Dolan, Operations and Facilities Manager, 215-546-3181, fdolan@librarycompany.org.

Parking

Philadelphia has good public transport, so for most guests a car is unnecessary for daily living. The Library Company has no parking available for visitors. On-street parking is hourly and rather limited. There are several lots and garages in the vicinity.