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.
Meet in Welcome Park at the corner of 2nd Street and Sansom Walk (map).
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
$10 Preservation Alliance Member
$12 Student (must show ID)
Free for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult
Purchase tickets online or go to the designated tour meeting place and pay your tour guide (cash or check payable to Preservation Alliance). Group size is limited to 20 people; those with tickets get priority. Tours run approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Tours run rain or shine.