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London Carpenters’ Company to Visit Philadelphia

The BABCPHL is excited to partner with the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia to welcome a delegation from the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in London to Philadelphia this fall.

Founded in 1724, Philadelphia’s Carpenters’ Company is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year. The organization, originally a trade guild for master builders and now a professional association of architects, engineers and contractors, was modeled after the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, which dates back to the Middle Ages and is now one of the many livery guilds that govern the City of London and elect the Lord Mayor. Like the countries they are from, the two companies have enjoyed a positive relationship for centuries.

Part of that relationship involves reciprocal visits to London and Philadelphia every five years. The Philadelphia Company traveled to London in 2019, and members will welcome their London counterparts to Philadelphia this fall. Approximately 40 members of the London Company will spend four days in late October enjoying Philadelphia’s historic and cultural riches, including trips to the Barnes Foundation, Winterthur, and Longwood Gardens. They will also tour the historic sites of Independence National Historical Park and, of course, spend time in Carpenters’ Hall, the Philadelphia Company’s National Historic Landmark site at 3rd and Chestnut Streets, where the First Continental Congress took place in 1774. The visit will culminate with the London Company’s attendance at the Philadelphia Company’s 300th Anniversary Gala, on Saturday, October 26, in the Grand Ballroom at the Bellevue.

“The relationship between the two Carpenters’ Companies is a microcosm of the deep, longstanding alliance between the US and the UK,” said BABCPHL Executive Director Jane Rosenberg at a press event in February announcing the Philadelphia Company’s anniversary activities. “The BABCPHL is happy to support the London Company’s visit and looks forward to welcoming them to Philadelphia this fall.”

The 300th Anniversary Gala and some of the other London Company events are open to the public. If you are interested in tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Norris, Executive Director of the Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia, at michaelnorris@carpentershall.org. For information on other events related to the Carpenters’ Company’s 300th anniversary or the 250th anniversary of the First Continental Congress, visit www.carpentershall.org.

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