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Philadelphia Exchange

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.

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Jan 18, 2006

Something for everyone

Favorite thing 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.

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Apr 19, 2004

Society Hill Towers

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.

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Jan 17, 2006

Old Postcards

Favorite thing 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

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City Hall

The centre of town is dominated by this huge building, that really impressed me. I'm not able to write about it, but I dare to transcribe visitphilly: Overview City Hall is the largest municipal...
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Masonic Temple

I skipped it! That's what happens when you go somewhere without a previous reading to decide what to see. I had only a day in Philadelphia, that I used to see its highlights, in a hop on hop off...
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Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market opened in 1892. The street-​level Market reverberated with the sound of trains rumbling overhead. The stalls were laid out in a grid pattern with twelve aisles...
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania was founded in 1824 and moved to this current location in 1884. This is not a museum. It is a library with more than 21 million items in their collections. The...
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

The church was designed by English architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter and built by John Notman in the Gothic Revival style between 1847 and 1849. The tower was designed by Notman, but completed in...
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Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is one of five squares planned by William Penn and was constructed in 1683. In 1825, the square was named in honor of Philadelphian David Rittenhouse who was an astronomer, clock...
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