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.

Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Society Hill Sacred Sites
Meet at gate of St. 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.

Sunday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Art Deco
Meet at entrance to Liberty Place, 17th and Chestnut Sts.

This popular early 20th century style, synonymous with the Jazz Age, has been described as having one foot in the past and one foot in the future. Its sleek appearance foretells the debut of Modernism while its use of Mayan and Aztec motifs echoes the past. Among Philadelphia’s outstanding examples featured on this walk is the flamboyant WCAU Building on the 1600 block of Chestnut Street, now home to the Art Institute of Philadelphia. 

Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Rittenhouse Square West
Meet at pool, center of Rittenhouse Square

Contrast the many generations of high-rise apartment building architecture on the Square – representing every decade of the 20th century – with the smaller scale of the grand houses on nearby streets while walking past some of Philadelphia’s most fashionable brownstones.

Saturday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Jewish Immigrant Philadelphia
Meet in front of Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce 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.

Sunday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Historic Haddonfield 
Meet at 343 Kings Highway East, in front of the Haddonfield Historical Society 

Enjoy the charms of historic Main Street USA and the tree-lined streets of elegant homes. Learn how this New Jersey suburb grew from Native American trails into a Quaker community whose 18th century structures still grace the town.

Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 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.


Saturday, August 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Rittenhouse Sacred Sites
Meet in front of 1st Baptist Church, 17th & Sansoms 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.

Sunday, August 23 at 2:00 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

Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Society Hill Stroll
Meet at NE corner, 2nd & Spruce Sts.

Society Hill received its name from the “Free Society of Traders” who were granted a strip of land in this area by William Penn in 1683. Take a leisurely walk through this country’s largest, intact collection of original colonial and post-colonial residential architecture. Learn about this neighborhood’s mid 20th century renewal efforts and its contribution to establishing Philadelphia as a “livable” city.

Saturday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Victorian Philadelphia West of Broad 
Meet at at steps of the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St. 

Take in the total experience of Philadelphia during the magnificent Gilded Age era. Begin at The Bellevue, opened in 1910 as Philadelphia’s premier hotel, the Bellevue Stratford. Learn about cultural, financial, commercial and civic institu'tions and private clubs, religious structures and the grand urban town houses and mansions in which wealthy Philadelphians lived during these opulent times.

 

 



 

 





 

Hours

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

Pricing

Society Hill Sacred Sites on August 8 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Art Deco on Sunday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Rittenhouse Square West on August 12 at 6:00 p.m.

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

Jewish Immigrant Philadelphia on August 15 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Historic Haddonfield on August 16 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Old City Sacred Sites on August 19 at 6:00 p.m.

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

Rittenhouse Sacred Sites on Saturday, August 22

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

Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 23 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Society Hill Stroll on August 26 at 6:00 p.m

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

Victorian Philadelphia West of Broad

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

Avenue of the Arts on Sunday, August 30 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Avenue of the Arts on Sunday, August 30 at 2:00 p.m.

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

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