Girard Estate, PA


Philadelphia PA
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Girard Estate, also known as Girard Estates, is part of South Philadelphia. Its boundaries stretch from Mifflin Street on the north to the south side of Pollock Street on the south, and from the west side of Broad Street on the east to 22nd Street on the west. It is named after Stephen Girard whose South Philadelphia property was developed in the 1920s by the City of Philadelphia.
Girard's country home was on a plot of land he named Gentilhommiere in what was formerly called Passyunk Township of Philadelphia County. He was likely the richest man in the United States when he died in 1831, and he left most of his $6 million estate to the City of Philadelphia.
Girard's will stated that the city must establish a school for poor orphaned white boys in his name,, and that Gentilhommiere must not be sold. To meet the second stipulation, the Board of City Trusts, trustee of the Girard Estate, developed 481 rental homes which became the Girard Estate homes.