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 neighborhoods that comprise 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.

Scroll down to download and print an easy-to-follow PDF tour, or hit the streets with your web-enabled cellphone or handheld device and follow our interactive version as you go!

Each tour includes a neighborhood history, easy-to-follow map and photographs and description of each building along the way.

Researcher/Writer: Paula Spilner
Photography: James B. Abbott and Tom Crane
Graphic Design: Joel Katz Design Associates
Online Versions: Javelin Design
This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Don’t forget that the Alliance’s guided architectural walking tours of neighborhoods throughout the city and region that run May through October.

Sacred Sites of Philadelphia

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Rittenhouse Square

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Society Hill

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