Benjamin Franklin's home site is located in Franklin Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was in a home on this site that the famed statesman, author and inventor lived, off and on, from 1763 to 1790. Up until 1785, the year he retired to this home, he spent much time on the move, with extended stays in London and Paris. Although he lived here during the meetings of the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, he wasn't to stay here on a permanent basis until the last five years of his life. Franklin died here on April 17, 1790. The house was torn down in 1812 but it wasn't until 1950 that the National Park Service began purchasing the nearby land and slowly excavating the site to find the remains of Franklin's house. In 1986 a framed structure was erected on the spot that Franklin's home stood, giving the effect, without the detail, of what his home would have looked like. Franklin Court is part of Independence National Historic Site.