The Birthplace of the Barnes Collection?

modern photo by Peter Woodall | archival photo courtesy of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

In partnership with Hidden City, Plain Sights highlights historic buildings with compelling stories hiding in our midst.

This building at 40th and Filbert Streets in West Philadelphia is where Dr. Albert Barnes manufactured the wildly successful (read: lucrative) antiseptic Argyrol. It is also where he hung his paintings, which would become part of the regular seminars Barnes held for his employees on his theories of art and learning. For more on this story, visit Hidden City Daily, hiddencityphila.org.