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Girard House Hotel, northeast corner of Chestnut & 9th St. As viewed from the southwest across the foundation walls of the new hotel on the s.e. corner of Chestnut and Ninth Street / Photograph by Richards. View looking northeast from the construction site of the Continental Hotel showing the Girard House hotel, built 1851-1852 after the designs of John McArthur, Jr., at 823-835 Chestnut Street. Signage advertising John O. Mead & Sons, silverplaters, adorns the hotel building. Also shows an advertisement promoting "Bathing Robes at Sloans" visible on a building adjacent to the construction and a man standing on a section of the foundation. The Continental Hotel was built 1857-1860 after the designs of McArthur.