Past Events



Fantastic Frankford–March 23rd, 2013
The town of Frankford merged with Philadelphia in 1854, but the neighborhood has retained an enduring sense of its own identity. We’ll explore Frankford’s pugnacious personality by touring three special sites: the Garsed-Bromley Mansion, the Frankford Historical Society and St. Mark’s Church.



The Future of the Reading Viaduct: A Conversation–March 20th, 2013
Has any idea over the past 10 years quickened the pulse of Philadelphians more than turning the Reading Viaduct into a park? Join us as we discuss what the future holds for the elevated train trestle with landscape architect Bryan Hanes, who created the SEPTA spur park renderings, Center City District CEO Paul Levy, along with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation’s Andy Toy and  the Philadelphia Planning Commission’s Laura Spina.


Photo Workshop with Abandoned America’s Matt Christopher–March 17th, 2013
In this workshop for beginner and intermediate photographers, Matthew Christopher will focus on shooting in abandoned buildings, a challenging environment for photography. We’ll visit five vacant buildings: the Max Levy Autograph Building, as well as a gorgeous 19th century stone church and mansion, and a 20th century theater and school.

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A World Apart: 19th and early 20th Century Woman’s Clubs and Societies–March 2nd, 2013
Philadelphia was once famously “clubby” and although many were literally “Old Boys’ Clubs,” women developed their own organizations, too, several of which still survive in Center City. Join the New Century Trust’s Meg Kelly for a tour of the Trust–including its dusty upper floors–the Cosmopolitan Club, the Colonial Damesm and the Plastic Club


A Tale of Four Neighborhoods–Feb. 23rd, 2013
The neighborhood is in flux and so is its name. Traditionally known as Callowhill, people also call it Chinatown North, the Loft District and in homage to the filmmaker David Lynch, the Eraserhood. Recalling living in the neighborhood during the late 1960s, Lynch said “the area had a great mood–factories, smoke, railroads, diners, the strangest characters, the darkest nights.”


The Divine Lorraine & the Architecture of the Peace Movement–Feb. 20th, 2013
A conversation with Leonard Norman Primiano, Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Cabrini College, and Robert P. Thomas, AIA, founding partner, Campbell Thomas & Co Architects and moderated by Hidden City founder Thaddeus Squire.

Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night” — Dec. 14th, 2012
For the second straight year, Hidden City presents composer Phil Kline’s holiday classic “Unsilent Night” next Friday, December 14th. Meet at 6:30PM at Trust, northeast corner of 3rd and Arch Sts; the event will begin promptly at 7PM . The 45-minute walk is part sound sculpture, part parade in which you the audience become the performers. Co-sponsored by Trust and the Old City District, the event is free and open to the public.

Members-only tour of 19th St. Baptist Church– Nov 17th, 2012
Preservation ain’t easy, and each building presents its own challenges. Join Aaron Wunsch, professor of historic preservation and the University of Pennsylvania, for a tour of endangered 19th Street Baptist Church, a little-known beauty designed by Frank Furness.


Urban Exploration Photo Workshop with Abandoned America’s Matt Christopher–Nov. 17th, 2012
Join Abandoned America’s Matthew Christopher for a hands-on photography workshop. Go on a shooting tour of the Navy Yard and explore its architecture–both inside and out– with one of the best photographers of the nation’s industrial past.

Hidden Camden: Beyond The Rhetoric–Nov 10th, 2012
We’ll go beyond the waterfront and downtown to see Camden’s thriving Hispanic commercial corridor and the Fairview neighborhood, built as the nation’s first federally financed planned community. We’ll also visit the Sears building, decaying Carnegie library, and a neighborhood clashing over a Renaissance school proposal.

Second Annual Frank Furness Birthday Party at Historic Castle Ringstetten — Nov. 10th, 2012
Join us for our second annual birthday salute to “Fearless Frank” Furness at historic Castle Ringstetten, the up-river retreat of the Undine Barge Club. We’ll tour Undine at 5 PM before the party starts.  We are pleased to offer extraordinary access to these remarkable buildings, both of which were designed by Furness.

Insider’s Tour of Changing Wayne Junction–SOLD OUT! — Friday, October 12th
Join us as we visit the new Wayne Junction Historic District in Germantown for a revealing tour of one of the city’s last working textile mills, a Frank Furness train station under restoration, and a soon-to-be-converted lithography plant.

Members-only RAIR Tour: — Sunday, August 26, 2012, 2PM
Hidden City’s second Quick And Dirty Tour visits the Recycled Artist-In-Residency (RAIR) at Revolution Recovery, a huge warehouse and salvage yard in Northeast Philadelphia. Artists recycle these materials by constructing large art installations that are documented, photographed and deconstructed to go back into the recycling stream. Our tour will be guided by Billy Dufala, artist and co-founder of RAIR.

Little Baby’s Preview — July 11, 2011 7PM
Little Baby’s Ice Cream produces hand-made super-premium ice cream and non-dairy frozen yogurt. After an extensive renovation of a 19th century Fishtown building, Philadelphia-based artists designed a unique interior. Come visit the shop prior to its opening and see its transformation.