Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Peter A. Schemm, brewer, and Northern Trust Company Director

Not only did Peter A. Schemm take over and run the brewery started by his father at 25th & Poplar Streets, he was also an art collector and a director of the Northern Savings Fund, Safe Deposit and Trust Company located at 600 Spring Garden Street, the building, designed by the famous Philadelphia architect Frank Furness, still stands today.

This view from the 1920s looking east on Spring Garden Street shows the Northern Trust Company building as it looked then. (courtesy of:

Here is that building in a more recent view. In 2012 this building was slated to be turned into a beer hall, but this ultimately never happened. (

Across the street at 611 Spring Garden Street is the German Society of Pennsylvania where Peter Schemm Sr. first became a member in 1863:
According to obituaries Peter A. was born in the Mt. Pleasant mansion in Fairmount Park which was once the home of Benedict Arnold:

Peter A. Schemm is buried up the road from Mt. Pleasant in Laurel Hill Cemetery:

Schemm Genealogy:

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