Cassatt House Fellows’ Residence

The Library Company’s fellows’ residence is located next door at 1320 Locust. 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, 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 offices, study carrels, seminar and meeting rooms, public areas, living accommodations for short-term Fellows, and kitchen and dining facilities for the staff, fellows and others.

Accommodations for Fellows

The house has 6 bedrooms. One large room on the ground floor with self-contained bath rents for $750 per month and is suitable for couples. The large room on the fourth floor facing the street costs $700; three small rooms on the third and fourth floors facing the back cost $600 each; and a very small room on the third floor costs $450. The third and fourth floors each have a common bathroom. Linens and towels are furnished. There is Internet access and telephone in every room. Residents have the use of a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, and common room with cable TV and DVD/VCR. An office with a networked computer, printer, and scanner is available, as well as a microfilm reader. Office space is provided for long-term fellows. The house has central air-conditioning, an elevator to all floors, and is fully accessible. Smoking is not permitted. All prices subject to change.

Accommodations for other scholars

Library Company fellows (including 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 use the Library Company may stay at the Cassatt House. Room rates are as above but $50 per month more for non-fellows and they can be prorated for short stays. Fellowship awards are made around April 15th 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,


Philadelphia has good public transport, so a car is unnecessary for daily living. The Library Company has no parking available for visitors. On street parking is hourly by pay-and-display and rather limited. There are several lots and garages in the vicinity costing $10 per day and up. The garage diagonally across the street offers a monthly rate of $180 with 24 hour in-and-out privileges. This rate is for the calendar month only, beginning on the first. If you plan to stay past the first of the next month, you must tell them when you pay or else you will be charged for another full month. The 24-hour daily rate is $20. For details contact InterPark, 1327 Locust St., Philadelphia 19107, 215-732-3026.