Public Comments on the Semi-Finalists' Models

This section of the website contains the comments of people who filled out an Evaluation Card after viewing the five semi-finalist models at the National Constitution Center or the African American Museum in Philadelphia. We will update this section periodically.

Some people turning in Evaluation Cards requested that their comments not be posted on this website. The comments below therefore do not represent 100% of all responses. In addition, some people authorized us to post their comments, but not their names. In those cases, we have replaced their names with "_____." Finally, some evaluators did not provide their names on their cards; for them, we have inserted "Anonymous" instead of a name.

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This photograph shows the south side of the 500 block of Market Street in 1949. The surviving eastern wall of the President's House is at center. The "ghost" of the President's House is outlined in red. From the Evening Bulletin Newspaper Collection, Urban Archives, Temple University.  Overlay: Edward Lawler Jr. Mantelpiece from the President's House. In the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection, Atwater Kent Museum. Photo by Jack E. Boucher, ca. 1965. Historic American Buildings Survey, no. PA-1942. "Washington's Residence, High Street." Lithograph by William L. Breton. From John Fanning Watson's Annals of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, 1830)