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

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia Architectural Walking Tours


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.

Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m.
The Post Industrial City: Callowhill East from Broad to the Delaware River
Meet at front of former Inquirer Building, 400 N. Broad St. 

Explore the little known post-industrial landscape of downtown Philadelphia. This 1.5-mile tour focuses on a three-block-wide swath of the city along Callowhill and Willow Streets from Broad Street to the Delaware River. Numerous interesting warehouses, bridges, and other structures will be seen along the way, including the abandoned Reading Railroad Viaduct, Reading Railroad’s Terminal Commerce Building, the abandoned Willow Street Steam Generation Plant, and the Callowhill Industrial District.

Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Golden Age of Retail
Meet at Starbucks at 20th & Callowhill Sts. 

Walk the very streets that millions walked during Philadelphia’s heyday as a mercantile mecca. The tour will cover the rise and fall of Philadelphia’s great department and speciality stores from Wanamaker’s humble beginnings in 1861, to the closing of Strawbridge and Clothier in 2006, and all the glory days in between.

Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m.
City Hall to City Hall
Meet at NE corner of 5th & Chestnut Sts.

Where else but Philadelphia can you view three centuries of American architecture along a single street on just one tour? The tour begins at Independence National Historical Park in front of the Old City Hall, which housed the Supreme Court when Philadelphia was the capital of the nation. The tour concludes at City Hall on William Penn’s original Center Square, once the tallest building in the world. In between, the astounding variety of Philadelphia’s 19th century and early 20th century commercial architecture is revealed.

Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m.
The Post Industrial City: Callowhill West
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.

Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Jewish Immigrant Philadelphia
Meet at the benches, Elfreth's Alley at N. 2nd St

Relive the Philadelphia experience of Eastern European Jews who settled along South Street in the late 19th century. Explore their humble synagogues and homes and learn about their thriving marketplaces that became prominent businesses.

Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Meet at Fairmount Park Welcome Center, 16th & JFK Blvd.

This grand boulevard, named after Philadelphia’s most famous citizen, is Philadelphia’s early 20th century contribution to this nation’s City Beautiful Movement and connects the downtown to Fairmount Park, fulfilling William Penn’s vision of a “greene countrie towne.” View the grand neoclassical structures that house this city’s cultural, educational and commercial institutions and hear about plans for the new home of the renowned Barnes Foundation on Philadelphia’s version of the Champs de L’Elysees.

Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. 
Banker's Row: Architecture and Finance in Philadelphia
Meet at 2nd St at Welcome Park

In the early years of the new Republic, Philadelphia was the nation’s financial capital, home to the first stock exchange (1790), the Bank of the United States, the US Mint, the first securities exchange, the first commodities exchange, and other early banking and insurance institutions. The epicenter of this activity was Chestnut Street in Old City, where important early institutions were housed in architectural treasures, ranging from Greek Revival “temples” to later brick and limestone buildings such as The Bourse Building and the US Customs House. Explore the history of this important part of Philadelphia by visiting notable architectural landmarks, visible evidence of Philadelphia’s early financial prominence.

Sunday, May 31 at 2:00 p.m.
Northern Liberties
Palm Tree Market, 717 N. Second Street

William Penn stipulated that 10,000 acres north of the original city become “liberty lands.” Once home to many of the city’s breweries, this funky, culturally diverse neighborhood today is the home of many artists and writers. See the old and the new and make note of the many little neighborhood eateries along the way.
 

 

Hours

6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays
2:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays

Pricing

The Post Industrial City: Callowhill East from Broad to the Delaware River May 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $12.00
Children (Age 10 and under ) Free

Golden Age of Retail: May 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $12.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

City Hall to City Hall: May 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $12.00
Children (ages 10 and under ) Free

The Post Industrial City: Callowhill West: 2:00 p.m. May 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $12.00
Children (ages 10 and under) Free

Jewish Immigrant Philadelphia: May 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $12.00
Children (ages 10 and under ) Free

Benjamin Franklin Parkway: May 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $12.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Banker's Row: Architecture and Finance in Philadelphia: May 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $12.00
Children (ages 10 and under ) Free

Northern Liberties: May 31 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $12.00
Children (ages 10 and under ) Free

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