Friday, May 3, 2019 – 3pm

WALK LEADER: David Bender, Philadelphia Center / Architecture + Design
MEETING PLACE: Center for Architecture + Design (1218 Arch St)
Free. All are welcome. Rain or shine.

Experience the transformation of Philadelphia from an engine of industry to a 21st century capitol of business and culture. This 2-hour tour explores Philadelphia’s diverse range of architectural styles and building technologies from the 1860s to the present, detailing the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the modern cityscape.

Highlights include the spectacular Victorian interior of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA); the soaring central court of Philadelphia’s first department store, Wanamaker’s; and the atrium of the Comcast Center, Pennsylvania’s tallest sky scraper (until Comcast CITC opens).

Walk notes:

  • Accessibility notes: Busy sidewalks. Stairs, non-accessible curb cuts, or other barriers.
  • Only the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts has stairs. The interior visit at that site is 5 minutes.
  • Anticipated duration: 2 hours
  • Walk ends at the Comcast Center (1701 JFK Blvd)

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