Pew Supports Ben Franklin House -- in London (Summer 2007 Trust Magazine briefing)

  • August 20, 2007

Benjamin Franklin may have been Philadelphia's most famous citizen, but the only one of his homes still standing is just off Trafalgar Square in London. Franklin lived in a room in a five-story Georgian building from 1757 to 1775, a period during which he designed the lightning rod, charted the Gulf Stream, served as postmaster of the colonies and argued against the Stamp Act in Parliament—testimony that ultimately persuaded the royal government to repeal the act.

Under the leadership of the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House, the building opened to the public in 2006 as a fully restored museum and education facility, in time to celebrate Franklin's 300th birthday. Pew subsequently provided a challenge grant of $150,000—met earlier this year—that enabled the Friends to tie off its capital fundraising campaign.