Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City

Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City delves into one of America’s greatest and yet least understood cities to reveal the physical and cultural intricacies of place, from the intimate to the monumental.

Written by Hidden City Daily co-founders Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall, and photographed by one of America’s most lauded architectural photographers, Joseph E.B. Elliott, the book marks out the elements of Philadelphia’s hiddenness through its vivid layers and living ruins. Rather than a nostalgic elegy to loss and urban decline, Finding the Hidden City connects Philadelphia’s particularly accretive form to its idiosyncratic history, culture, and people. By laying out these connections the authors develop an alternative theory of American urbanism to contrast with the better-understood narratives of New York and Los Angeles. The journey here is as much visual as it is literary; Joseph Elliott’s striking photographs reveal the elemental beauty of Philadelphia.

The book is available for purchase HERE.

Please join us for one of our readings and book signings!

November 7, 6PM | Penn Book Center, 130 S. 34th St., reading, slideshow and discussion

November 11, 4PM | Kismet Cowork, 12 W. Willow Grove Ave., reading, slideshow, discussion & refreshments!

November 29, 4PM | Paley Library, Temple University, 1210 Polett Walk

December 6, 6:30PM| Philadelphia City Institute Library, 1905 Locust (on Rittenhouse Square)

December 7: Book launch party, Divine Lorraine Hotel lobby, 699 N. Broad St. Time to TBA.

January 18, 6PM | Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street

February 1, 7PM | Penn State Great Valley, The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA

February 7, 5PM | The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th St., Q&A moderated by Philadelphia: The Great Experiment director Andrew Ferrett

February 22, TBD | The Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street

April 11, 7PM | Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA 19010