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Society Hill: The Great Deceiver

May 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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

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!

Underneath its present-day Early Republic charm we’ll uncover traces of a completely different neighborhood; once connected to the bustling waterfront, its streets were full of small factories and workshops, and home to Russian Jews and Irish immigrants as well as working class African-Americans. We’ll delve into Society Hill’s role as the birthplace of Philadelphia’s historic preservation movement and as the site of an ambitious urban renewal scheme starting in the 1950s.

You’ll never look at Society Hill the same way again!


May 4
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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


Pete Woodall