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.

August 17 @ 2 p.m. Jewish Philadelphia in Colonial Times
Meet at the benches, Elfreth's Alley at N. 2nd St. 

Explore the city’s Judaic heritage and learn about its importance in the growth and architectural development of Philadelphia. Hear about Nathan Levy’s connection to the Liberty Bell and the Jewish connection to Christ Church.

August 23 @ 10 a.m. Skyscrapers Old & New
Meet at exterior north portal, City Hall, N. Broad St. & JFK Blvd.

Penn Center, one of the country’s most acclaimed examples of 20th century, post World War II urban renewal, is a lasting legacy of Edmund Bacon and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Learn how this world-famous city planner based this commercial development complex on William Penn’s vision that Market Street would be a commercial thoroughfare and see two generations of commercial architecture: Modern & Post-Modern.

August 23 @ 2 p.m. Old City Sacred Sites
Meet at entrance to Christ Church, N. 2nd and Church Sts
Through architecture, learn how religion affected 18th century society on this tour of the city’s oldest religious structures: from the simple design of the Arch Street Friends Meeting House built in 1804 to the exquisite Georgian-style Christ Church built 1727-1741.

August 24 @ 2 p.m.Littlest Streets Fitler Square
Meet at center of Fitler Square, 23rd & Pine Sts.

Experience yet another intimate neighborhood within Center City, just southwest of Rittenhouse Square west of Broad Street. Learn about the early Irish settlers and other immigrants who first settled here and about their industrial ties to the nearby Schuylkill River.

August 27 @ 6 p.m. Up and Over the Ben Franklin Bridge 
Meet in front of St. George's United Methodist Church, N 4th & New Sts. $15 admission includes return trip from Camdeon on PATCO

You’ve crossed it by car or viewed it from afar; now experience this magnificent bridge from a whole new perspective! Walk from Philadelphia to Camden with our guide to learn about the history and construction of what was once the longest suspension bridge in the world. Look down on the mighty Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Get acquainted with the past, present and future of waterfront development on both sides of the river.  At the end of the tour, walk through the Rutgers-Camden campus for a return trip to Center City on the PATCO Hi-Speedline (included in price).

August 30 @ 10 a.m. Fishtown
Meet at statue of William Penn at Penn Treaty Park, N. Delaware Ave at Columbia

Situated to the northeast of Center City, Fishtown figured prominently in Philadelphia’s great industrial age of the late 19th/early 20th century when it was developed to house many of the workers who were employed by the major industries that built factories in this part of the city. Discover how Fishtown’s residences are going through restoration as it becomes a sought after location in which to live.

August 30 @ 2p.m. Spruce Hill Victoriana
Meet in front of University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St.
Walk tree-lined streets graced with homes that are crowned with Italianate towers and Queen Anne Revival gables. Hear how public transportation encouraged development of this West Philadelphia neighborhood as a streetcar suburb.

August 31 @ 2 p.m. University of Pennsylvania
Meet at driveaway entrance to University Museum, 3260 South St. 
Stroll the campus of one of the country’s most prestigious Ivy League schools. See old and new buildings designed by such notable American architects as Trumbauer, Cope & Stewardson, Furness, Kahn, and Venturi Scott Brown. Hear about campus planning and the neighborhood’s revitalization and enjoy the University’s award-winning landscape.

Tickets are available for sale at the Independence Visitor Center. 

Hours

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
August: Saturdays
2:00 p.m.
August: Sundays
6:00 p.m.
August: Wednesdays

Pricing

Skyscrapers Old & New: August 23 at 10 a.m.

Adults $10.00
Students $8.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Old City Sacred Sites: August 23 at 2 p.m.

Adults $10.00
Students $8.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Littlest Streets Fitler Square: August 24 at 2 p.m.

Adults $10.00
Students $8.00
Children (ages 10 and under ) Free

Up and Over the Ben Franklin Bridge: August 27 at 6 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $13.00
Children (ages 10 and under ) Free

Fishtown: August 30 at 10 a.m.

Adults $10.00
Students $8.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Spruce Hill Victoriana: August 30 at 2 p.m.

Adults $10.00
Students $8.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

University of Pennsylvania: August 31 at 2 p.m.

Adults $10.00
Students $8.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

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