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Society Hill: The Great Deceiver

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


328-330 S. 3rd St. in 1961 and 2016

$15 Hidden City members (become a member here)
$10 Student
$20 General Admission


Meet in front of Powel House
244 S. 3rd Street.

No neighborhood in Philadelphia has as complex and contradictory a history as Society Hill. Once it was home to Philadelphia’s aristocracy, and today it features dozens of million dollar houses. Ah, but so much happened in the 150 years in between! It was once a working class neighborhood known as the Bloody 5th Ward, home to African Americans, and Irish and Jewish immigrants. It was the birthplace of Philadelphia’s historic preservation movement and the site of remarkably successful urban renewal scheme. Explore the process of how neighborhoods change in this tour, which was created in partnership with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. You’ll never look at Society Hill the same way again!

Questions, concerns, conundrums? Contact Hidden City project director Pete Woodall at 267-259-7112 or pwoodall@hiddencityphila.org

Tour guide Helen Gassmann grew up in the little town of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, but she fell in love with Philadelphia while attending Temple University. She recently received her Master’s degree in Public History from Villanova University.

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March 25
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Meet in front of Powel House
244 S. 3rd. St.


Pete Woodall