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May

May
5

Look Up: Terra Cotta Ornament

MEETING PLACE: Philadelphia City Hall, outside the NORTH portal at North Broad and JFK Boulevard FREE. PUBLIC. RAIN OR SHINE. RSVP appreciated, not required. Terra Cotta – “baked earth” – is one of the oldest ornamental building materials. Since the 19th century, many Philadelphia buildings have been adorned with terra cotta. See extraordinary examples such […]

May
5

The Darby You Don’t Know

MEETING PLACE: *TWO OPTIONS* 9:45 AM outside Philadelphia City Hall Visitors Center to catch the Rt. 11 Trolley that leaves 13th and Market at 10:06. OR 11:00 AM at the Darby Free Library (1001 Main St, Darby, PA 19023) for the start of the walk. FREE. PUBLIC. RAIN OR SHINE. RSVP appreciated, not required. Across Cobb’s […]

May
13

Littlest Streets East of Broad

Stroll a charming labyrinth of streets west of Washington Square, a village-like setting right in the heart of Center City, developed in the mid 19th century. Experience an intimate “hierarchy of streets” where the larger style-conscious houses are on the main streets, the smaller scale houses built for the aspiring middle class are on the […]

May
16

Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy Tour

Horace Trumbauer’s 1918 Beneficial Savings building at 12th and Chestnut had a single occupant for its first century. Now it is home to Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy, recipient of a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award. Join us for a special tour to welcome this downtown landmark into its second century and […]

May
19

Underground Philadelphia: Subways, Railways & Stations

Discover the Philadelphia Plan which gave us two Art Deco masterpieces, the monumental 30th Street Station, and Suburban Station, the first all-underground rail terminal. The tour starts at 30th Street Station and proceeds via trolley to 19th Street. From the Comcast tower lobby, descend into an underground concourse network to the site of The Gallery […]

May
26

Historic RittenhouseTown Tour

Spend a morning along  the Monoshone Creek on this special tour of Historic RittenhouseTown with Chris Owens, the site’s executive director. Philadelphia has been at the center of the paper-making industry since 1690, when the Rittenhouse family constructed the first paper mill in British North America at the confluence of the Monoshone (aka Paper Mill […]