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Date: May 28, 2003
Byline: AP

Local Historic Bathroom Demolished

(Philadelphia-AP) May 28, 2003 — Demolition has begun on a public restroom building erected in Philadelphia in 1954 on the site of a house where President Washington's home once stood.

Historian Edward Lawler Junior says, "It's the most historic bathroom in America."

He says, "It's a shame that when they built Independence Mall they didn't understand where the president's house had been and that some of its original walls were still standing."

The house also was home to President John Adams when Philadelphia was the nation's capital.

The house was torn down in 1832, but its side walls and foundation remained until construction of Independence Mall began in 1951.


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