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Engineering philadelphia is a sweeping account of enterprise and ingenuity economic development and urban planning and the rise and fall of philadelphia as an industrial metropolis domenic vitiello tells the story of the influential sellers family placing their experiences in the broader context of industrialization and urbanization in the the sellers brothers samuel and george came to north america in 1682 as part of the quaker migration to william penns new province on the shores of the delaware river across more than two centuries the sellers familyespecially samuels descendants nathan escol coleman and williamrose to prominence as manufacturers engineers social reformers and urban and suburban in engineering philadelphia domenic vitiello uses a history of the sellers family to show how national and international business networks emerged in the mid nineteenth century and to link these networks to the creation of industrial cities in the nineteenth century and their deterioration in the twentieththe sellers story according to vitiello reveals overlapping sets of social domenic vitiello engineering philadelphia the sellers family and the industrial metropolisithaca ny cornell university press 2013 xiv + 267 pp isbn 978 0 8014 5011 2 3500 clothin 1790 george washington moved into his presidential mansion at sixth and high streets as philadelphia became the nations capital a grand brick home paid for by robert morris the financier of the revolution the mansion was down the street from the regions chief merchant countinghouses and a block from the state house

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