2011 Architectural Walking Tour Season Opens May 1st

The Walking Tours will run, rain or shine, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm, Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 6pm from May through October. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students with ID, free for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult. Reservations are not required. May/June tour schedule follows.

Tours range from Center City locales, including Society Hill and Rittenhouse Square, to notable neighborhoods such as Fishtown, Girard Estate and Chestnut Hill, to suburban enclaves such as Haddonfield. There are also specialized themed tours such as the popular “Littlest Streets” and “Art Deco Philadelphia.”

The 2011 Walking Tour season will also once again feature a tour for Jane’s Walk USA, an annual commemoration of the birthday of the great urban thinker Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), by holding a brief ‘birthday party’ followed by a FREE guided walking tour of OLD CITY, on Saturday, May 7, 2pm, at the benches at the end of Elfreth’s Alley on N. 2nd Street.

Tours are led by a lively group of experienced and enthusiastic volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds who share a passion for architecture, urban design and social history. Their passion and knowledge has enhanced understanding of the region’s architectural heritage for thousands of participants and has received awards and accolades. Philadelphia magazine honored the walking tours with a 2008 “Best of Philly” Award, noting they are the “best reason to take a walk.”

For tour descriptions go to http://preservationalliance.com/events/walking_tours_descriptions.php

For more information (contact info for publication): tours@preservationalliance.com or 215-546-1146<tel:215-546-1146> x3.

The Preservation Alliance

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia actively promotes the appreciation, protection, and revitalization of the Philadelphia region’s historic buildings, communities, and landscapes. A 501c3 non-profit membership organization, the Alliance leads in setting the agenda for preservation issues of regional importance and advocates strong public preservation policies. http://www.preservationalliance.com/

Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighborhood walking tours that help people get in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating spaces for cities to discover themselves. Jane’s Walk honors the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs (The Death and Life of Great American Cities) who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership. http://www.janeswalkusa.org/

MAY – JUNE 2011 TOUR SCHEDULE

May 1, Sun. 2pm Beaux Arts Philadelphia

Meet at pool, center of Rittenhouse Square

May 4, Wed. 6pm Spruce Hill Victoriana

Meet in front of University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St.

May 7, Sat. 10am To be announced

May 7, Sat. 2pm Old City

Meet at the benches, N. 2nd St. at Elfreth’s Alley

FREE TOUR as part of the annual Jane’s Walk celebration!

May 8, Sun. 2pm Classical Philadelphia

Meet at Penna. Hospital Gate, Pine St between 8th & 9th Sts.

May 11, Wed. 6pm Fishtown

Meet at the statue of William Penn, Penn Treaty Park, N. Delaware Ave. at Columbia

May 14, Sat. 10am City Hall & Center Square

Meet in front of Visitors Center, 16th St. & JFK Blvd.

May 14, Sat. 2pm Victorian Philadelphia West of Broad

Meet at the steps of the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St.

May 15, Sun. 2pm Rittenhouse Square East

Meet at pool, center of Rittenhouse Square

May 18, Wed. 6pm Media (Delaware County)

Meet in front of Delaware County Court House, Front St. & Courthouse Square

May 21, Sat. 10am Bankers’ Heaven: Architecture and Finance in Philadelphia

Meet at east entrance to Bourse Building, 111 S. 4th St.

May 21, Sat. 2pm Girard Estate

Meet at statue of Stephen Girard, Girard Park, 21st & Shunk Sts.

May 22, Sun. 2pm Society Hill Stroll

Meet at NE corner, 2nd & Spruce Sts.

May 25, Wed. 6pm Victorian Germantown

Meet at NW corner of Germantown Ave. & Tulpehocken St.

May 28, Sat. 10am Society Hill Stroll

Meet at NE corner, 2nd & Spruce Sts.

May 28, Sat. 2pm Littlest Streets, Fitler Square

Meet at center of Fitler Square, 23rd & Pine Sts.

May 29, Sun. 2pm Rittenhouse Square West

Meet at pool, center of Rittenhouse Square

June 1, Wed. 6pm Post-Industrial City: Callowhill West District

Meet at Starbucks at 19th & Callowhill Sts.

June 4, Sat. 10am Victorian Philadelphia West of Broad

Meet at steps of the Bellvue, 200 South Broad St.

June 4, Sat. 2pm Society Hill Sacred Sites

Meet at gate of St. Peter’s Church, SW corner, 3rd & Pine Sts.

June 5, Sun. 2pm Old City

Meet at the benches, N. 2nd St. at Elfreth’s Alley

June 8, Wed. 6pm Spruce Hill Victoriana

Meet in front of University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St.

June 11, Sat. 10am Bankers’ Heaven: Architecture and Finance in Philadelphia

Meet at east entrance to Bourse Building, 111 S. 4th St.

June 11, Sat. 2pm Art Deco

Meet at entrance to Liberty Place, NE corner, 17th & Chestnut Sts.

June 12, Sun. 2pm Rittenhouse Square East

Meet at pool, center of Rittenhouse Square

June 15, Wed. 6pm Lewis & Clark in Philadelphia

Meet at NW corner, 5th & Arch Sts.

June 18, Sat. 10am University of Pennsylvania

Meet at driveway entrance to University Museum, 3260 South St.

June 18, Sat. 2pm City Hall to City Hall

Meet at NE corner of 5th & Chestnut Sts.

June 19, Sun. 2pm Jewish Philadelphia in Colonial Times

Meet at the benches, Elfreth’s Alley at N. 2nd St.

June 22, Wed. 6pm Skyscrapers Old and New

Meet at north portal, City Hall, N. Broad St. & JFK Blvd.

June 25, Sat. 10pm Gilded Age Philadelphia

Meet at steps of the Bellvue, 200 South Broad St.

June 25, Sat. 2pm Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia

Meet at the entrance to Franklin Court, 312-22 Market St.

June 26, Sun. 2pm Victorian Washington Square West

Meet at NW corner, 9th & Spruce Sts.

June 29, Wed. 6pm Society Hill Stroll

Meet at NE corner, 2nd & Spruce Sts.

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