Photo: Joseph E.B. Elliott

Hidden City Philadelphia pulls back the curtain on the city’s most remarkable places and connects them to new people, functions, and resources. We celebrate the power of place and inspire social action to make our city a better place to live, work, and play. We do this through four complementary programs.

The Hidden City Daily, our online publication, fosters public dialogue by exploring the intersection of people and place, and the tension between the past and the possible future. The Daily publishes 10-12 posts a week (Monday through Friday) that cover planning, preservation, architecture and design, along with articles that explore the city’s history.

Our Hidden City Tours & Events provide immersive experiences of remarkable places, illuminate their stories, and afford networking opportunities among our growing number of members. Our tours range from focused explorations of single sites to walking tours drawing thematic connections among multiple sites.

The Hidden City Festival started it all in 2009, with an award-winning and widely acclaimed event encompassing nine heritage sites and ten major artist projects, and was visited by over 10,000 people. The Hidden City Festival 2013  took place in nine new heritage sites, and ten artist projects, along with a number of performances, talks and tours. Envisioned as a quadrennial, the next Festival will take place in summer 2017.

Our Community Services offer ongoing support to past participating Festival sites and their communities as well as the Greater Philadelphia artistic community. Activities range from new program design and planning, to site scouting for artists, and historical research.