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.

Tickets are available for sale at the Indepedence Visitor Center. 

Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Beaux Arts Philadelphia
Meet at pool center of Rittenhouse Square

Explore outstanding examples of late 19th century and early 20th century architecture influenced by the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. From monumental structures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to equally grand but more intimate residences in Rittenhouse Square, see why Philadelphia is often described as the “Paris of the US.”

Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Ben Franklin's Philadelphia
Meet at Franklin Court, 312-22 Market Street

Celebrate the 300th anniversary of this most famous “adopted” Philadelphian’s birth by following in his footsteps through colonial Philadelphia, beginning at the site of his home and print shop, Franklin Court, creatively commemorated by Venturi and Rauch with John Milner Associates in 1976. Explore the other significant sites of the birthplace of our nation and learn how American architecture, too, was born here. Discover some of the earliest style-conscious public buildings: Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival. Then learn about the recent new projects that have transformed Independence Mall.

Sunday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Queen Village
Meet outside Olde Swedes Church, 916 S. Swanson St.

Explore this worker’s neighborhood and be amazed by its history because it predates William Penn. Queen Village was developed in the 1630s, first as a Dutch settlement, later becoming home to a large influx of Swedish settlers. Visit one of the few remaining 17th century structures in Philadelphia today, Gloria Dei Church.

Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00 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.

Saturday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Old City
Meet at the benches, N. 2nd St at Elfreth's Alley

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.
 





 

Hours

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

Pricing

Beaux Arts Philadelphia: July 8 at 6:00 p.m.

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

Queen Village: July 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (Ages 10 and under) Free

Bankers' Row: Architecture and Finance in Philadelphia

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (ages 10 and under ) Free

Old City: July 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (ages 10 and under) Free

Old City Sacred Sites: June 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Seniors $10.00
Children (ages 10 and under ) Free

Skyscrapers Old and New: June 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Avenue of the Arts: June 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Up and Over the Ben Franklin Bridge: June 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Media, Delaware County: June 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Victorian Philadelphia West of Broad Street: June 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Chestnut Hill: June 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

Spruce Hill Victoriana: June 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults $15.00
Students $10.00
Children (Ages 10 and under ) Free

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