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September 2019

Philadelphia’s Lost Jewish Quarter

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet in front of Rebecca Gratz Apartments, 532 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA

From the 1880's through the 1920's the area between Spruce and Christian Street and 2nd and 6th was Philadelphia's version of New York's famous Lower East Side. Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe created a vibrant neighborhood with its own Yiddish Theater, literary societies and newspapers, along with synagogues and banks, bath houses and delicatessens.

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Penn & the Making of University City

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
40th and Baltimore, northeast corner, 3940 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA United States

Penn's leafy campus looks like its been there since the school’s founding, but much of it is a recent creation. This tour will explore how Penn used the powerful mechanisms of urban renewal created after World War II to acquire land and fund new construction for the rapidly growing university. But let’s not forget the architecture! Penn’s campus features some of Philly’s most magnificent buildings, including Frank Furness's Fisher Fine Arts Library, College Hall and the Quadrangle Dormitories.

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Society Hill: The Great Deceiver

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meet in front of Powel House, 244 S. 3rd. St.

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!

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October 2019

Pennsylvania Hospital/Washington Sq. Tour

October 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Pine Building Gatehouse, 8th and Delancey, west side of 8th Street

Two tours in one here folks! First off, we'll step inside the oldest hospital building in America, which contains the country's oldest medical library and oldest surgical amphitheater. Then we'll check out Publisher's Row on Washington Square and visit the Curtis Building to gaze upon Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden mosaic.

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Forgotten North Broad St

October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SE Corner of Broad and Spring Garden Sts

North Broad Street sure has the goods. But when was the last time you actually walked up North Broad, from Center City to Temple University? Buildings from many eras survive, including some absolute beauties, and we’ll be talking about the great ones that were torn down, too, including Central High School, and the first iteration of Rodeph Shalom synagogue, designed by Frank Furness.

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