Architecture of Early Philadelphia
This section of the website is dedicated to
the architecture of Philadelphia and its
surrounding region, from its founding in 1682
to the beginning of the American Civil War in
1860.The cutoff date was chosen to exclude
(for now) the architecture produced by
industrialization and mass production
(actually two positive trends in my book - but
subjects for a later essay.
I've organized this section by writing a group
of pages featuring Philadelphia buildings
and illustrated them with my photographs.
I've also written pages about broader issues
like architectural style and building types
which I hope links these buildings together
and puts them in a larger context of how
Philadelphia grew as a city.
The Walking Tours
I want to arrange many of these buildings
together in walking tours - I've begun with a
walking tour of the Independence National
Historical Park area.
These tours are nod to the several walking
tour programs I've volunteered for over the
last 25 years, starting with the beloved, and
not forgotten, Foundation for Architecture
tours which are now offered by the
Preservation Alliance for Greater
Philadelphia. I've used many facts and
ideas I've received from, and shared with,
my fellow guides from those programs, but
the opinions here, and especially any factual
mistakes, are of course my own.
Navigation should be fairly obvious. The
indexes listed at the bottom of this page
combined with the tours will get you to any
building page in this section. To get back to
this page, click on the AEP logo on most
pages in the upper left corner. I can be
reached at email@example.com and would
love to hear comments and suggestions.