Olde City, Philadelphia
Favorite thing: Wonderfully designed portico building, architect William Strickland. Dating from the 1830s, this was the hub of Philadelphia's thriving financial community. Now it houses offices of the US Park Service and is not generally open to the public.
If you're young, stroll up and down South Street.
If you're young at heart, stroll through Old City and the historic district. While there, have a cafe at Old City Coffee pictured here. It's one of my favorite spots.
Fondest memory: The Art Museum is world-class, the food sublime.
Favorite thing: An example of successful modern residential architecture - that works! I.M. Pei designed these towers that were completed in the early 1960s. It helps a great deal that they don't have to contend with other tall buildings nearby. Pei was at the beginning of his architectural career, which would later see him designing monuments of contemporary architecture like the John Hancock Building in Boston, and the famous Louvre glass pyramid Paris.
These old post cards from around the beginning of the 20th century show what Philadelphia and environs was like back in those days. Sometimes the writing is on the front and just the address is on the back.
On the front of Bartram's House is written How is this for picturesque..
On the front of City Hall is written Dear Myrtle [my grandmother] Am to busy to write and send you this just as a quiille reminder. Write soon As ever, Roselle [my grandmother's sister]
On the one of Zug Homestead (which is really in Chester Co. the caption says "Built 1750. Purchased by Morritz Zug in 1770 and occupied by him and his descendents, the Zugs and the Zooks continuously since that time. On the side is written
Dear Sir: If you will come in tomorrow about 10:30 I will do it while you wait as I couldn't "lay hands" on the copy when I was ready to do it. Yours Ms Lantz