Philadelphia, PA Girard Building Destroyed, Jan 1857


From the North American, Jan. 29.
About 11 o'clock last evening, a fire broke out in the third story of the Girard Building, in Chestnut street, above Third, occupied by MR. E. GASKILL, as a bindery. The building was a large five story structure, occupying two lots on Chestnut street, (Nos. 102 and 104,) and running back a depth of about 109 feet. It was erected by the Trustees of the Girard Estate, before the consolidation of the city.
The lower floor of No. 102 is occupied by T. B. PETERSON, the extensive publisher and bookseller. No. 104 is occupied by Goodyear's India Rubber establishment. Both these stores are filled with large quantities of valuable goods. The second story was occupied by JOHN M. HARPER, importer of watches, who also had a large amount of valuable stock on hand; and DUBOSQUE & CARROWS, jewelers. The third floor was occupied by MR. E. GASKILL, as a bookbinder. This unfortunate gentleman had his establishment entirely destroyed by the disastrous fire in Ranstead Court.
The fourth and fifth stories were occupied by MESSRS. SICKELS & JONES as a printing office. THey had several valuable steam presses, besides hand presses, and a large assortment of type, &c.
MESSRS. SICKLES & JONES lost everything.
MR. E. GASKILL'S book bindery, in the third story, was entirely destroyed. His loss is estimated at from $10,000 to $15,000, mostly covered by insurance.
The building was insured for $19,000 in the following offices: Fire Association, $6,000; Franklin, $7,000; Mutual Assurance, $3,000; Hand-in-Hand, $3,000.
McLAUGHLIN Brothers' Printing office, also in this building, was slightly damaged.
T. B. PETERSON had 10,000 copies of DICKENS' works burned in GASKILLS' bindery. His loss is about $2,000, which is covered by insurance.
SICKLES & JONES' loss, $12,000. Insurance small. They had six steam presses. They have lost all their account books.

The New York Times New York 1857-02-03