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Media

Media was planned in the 1850s as the seat of Delaware County. Discover architecture dating from the Federal era, see lavish Victorian homes and enjoy the beautifully restored Beaux Arts/Art Deco Media Theater before experiencing the renaissance of its commercial district. Meet in front of the Delaware County Court House at Front Street and Courthouse […]

July
7

Historic Phoenixville & The Colonial Theatre

Join us for a special tour of Phoenixville history and hear a story of preservation-based placemaking with a happy ending. Home of the “Phoenix Column” and Majolica ceramics, the Borough of Phoenixville in northern Chester County was hub of industrial innovation for well over a century. But when the Phoenix Steel Company ceased operations in […]

July
11

Evening of Art Deco

Art Deco, the popular early 20th century architectural 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 Egyptian, Mayan, and Aztec motifs echoes the past. On this special evening edition […]

July
14

Around Washington Square

Walk around one of William Penn’s original planned public parks. Learn how this square served as a burial ground for over 1,200 Revolutionary War soldiers, then as a potter’s field before receiving its present name in 1825. See The Athenaeum, the first Italian Renaissance building in the US, and learn how the Square became home […]

July
15

Society Hill Stroll

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 […]

July
21

Bankers Row: Architecture & Finance in Philadelphia

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 […]

July
22

Bella Vista

Bella Vista (“beautiful view”) is a vibrant, historic residential neighborhood and home to the famous Ninth Street Market, AKA the Italian Market, one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating open-air markets. The tour will highlight the lively neighborhood’s architecture, diverse ethnic mix, and social changes. Meet at the Engine Company No. 11 historic marker (1016 […]

July
26

Inside the Racquet Club of Philadelphia

Exclusive for Preservation Alliance members A rare opportunity to see spaces usually open to Racquet Club members only $25 Pre-Registration Required Email tours@preservationalliance.com to register Register One of Philadelphia’s most prestigious private athletic and social clubs, the Racquet Club has been based since 1907 in an elegant brick and marble 16th Street clubhouse designed in […]

July
29

Littlest Streets Fitler Square

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. Meet at the center of Fitler Square on 23rd and Pine Streets (map). PURCHASE TICKETS […]