Self-Guided Walking Tours

The Preservation Alliance’s self-guided walking tours make it easy to explore, whenever it’s convenient for you and at your own pace.

The Rittenhouse East and Rittenhouse West tours explore the rich architecture, including many buildings by prominent 19th- and 20th-century architects, in the city’s Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District. The Girard Estate Historic District tour visits a rare, planned community of great architectural distinction in South Philadelphia.

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Each tour includes a neighborhood history, map, and photographs and descriptions of each building along the way.

Researcher/Writer: Paula Spilner
Photography: James B. Abbott and Tom Crane
Graphic Design: Joel Katz Design Associates
This project was made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The Alliance offers over 70 guided architecture walking tours of neighborhoods throughout the city and region. Public tours run every Saturday and Sunday, May through October. Private guided tours can also be arranged year-round. See our Architecture Walking Tour program page for details.

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Girard Estate

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Rittenhouse West

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Rittenhouse East

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