The Lives of Market Street

Memories of ordinary people and the

First Amendment

In 1787, the north side of Market Street, now part of Indepen-
dence National Historical Park,
was inhabited by a rich variety
of tradesmen, shopkeepers, merchants, and ordinary citi-
zens. As part of our interpretive
work for the Mall, we marked
out the property lines along the
street and engraved the owners’ names and occupations. The
tax records showed property as diverse as horses and Negroes,
but our design to include those
was rejected by the National Park Service.


The First Amendment space
nearby provides a reminder of
our freedom of speech.

Client: National Park Service

Prime contractor: Olin Partnership (now The Olin Studio)


Designer: Joel Katz