Photo by A. Burolla for PHLCVB
Photo by A. Burolla for PHLCVB

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia Architectural Walking Tour

Explore the City of Neighborhoods with the Preservation Alliance guided walking tours. Our talented volunteers will make sure you see and hear the past, present, and future of the Philadelphia region as expressed through the city's unique and fascinating architecture.

September 6 @ 10 a.m. Old City
Meet at the benchesm North 2nd St. at Elfreth's Alley

Explore colonial Philadelphia and walk some of its original streets. See famous Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied street in the US, and experience the walking/mercantile city, as well as a later generation of Victorian structures. Learn how this area remained the center of Philadelphia’s commercial, retail and governmental activities until the city finally moved “westward” to Center Square in the mid/late 19th century.

September 6 @ 2 p.m. Society Hill Sacred Sites
Meet at gate of Saint Peter's Church, 3rd & Pine Sts.

Because of its Quaker origins, Philadelphia has long been hospitable to worshipers of many faiths. See history come to life when visiting reclusive St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, classical Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Romanesque Revival Mother Bethel Church, Georgian St. Peter’s Church, and Gothic Revival St. Mary’s Church.

September 7 @ 2 p.m. Classical Philadelphia
Meet at Penna. Hospital Gate, Pine St. between 8th & 9th Sts.

Discover the Philadelphia known as “The Athens of America” in the early 19th century. Hear about some of this country’s greatest neo-classical architects and learn why they turned to ancient Greece for inspiration in designing buildings for the new American democracy. Significant highlights include the Second Bank of the US and the Merchant’s Exchange, both designed by architect William Strickland.

September 13 @ 2 p.m. Post Industrial Philadelphia-West Callowhill area
Meet at Starbucks at 20th & Callowhill Sts.

This 1.5-mile tour focuses on a four-block-wide swath of the city between Vine and Spring Garden Streets from 20th St. to Broad.  The considerable history of this part of the city going back to the early 1700s will be discussed.  Learn how this neighborhood—a country estate in the early 18th century – played an important part in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 and later became the center of American locomotive production, as well as home of the third Philadelphia Mint, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Community College of Philadelphia.  Major national figures who lived and worked here include William Penn, Andrew Hamilton (the original “Philadelphia Lawyer”), President John Adams, merchant/mariner/millionaire Stephen Girard, plus industrialists Matthias Baldwin, William Sellers & Asa Whitney.  Numerous aspects of the industrial infrastructure, including bridges and abandoned railroad facilities, will be seen along the way.

September 14 @ 2 p.m. Rittenhouse Square Sacred Sites
Meet in front of 1st Baptist Church, 17th & Sansom Sts. 

Visit outstanding examples of religious architecture in the Romanesque Revival and Gothic Revival styles in the Rittenhouse Square area and trace the city’s development west of Broad Street from the mid 19th century through the Gilded Age era.

Tickets are available for sale at the Independence Visitor Center. 


10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
September: Saturdays
2:00 p.m.
September: Sundays

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