Join Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Frankford for a special walking tour of this neighborhood in Philadelphia’s Lower Northeast that has figured prominently in the city’s history since the 17th century and maintained an identity all its own.
Debbie Klak, Richard Thomas, and Diane Sadler of the Historical Society of Frankford will show how the neighborhood predates the founding of Philadelphia, developing along a Native American trail that later became known as the King’s Highway and (still later) Frankford Avenue. We’ll learn how Frankford played a critical role in the city’s growth, from colonial times through the industrial era, as the gateway to the Northeast.
We’ll be introduced to the beautiful Victorian residences, public buildings, and houses of worship built during Frankford’s industrial heyday, including a stop inside Saint Mark’s Church to view stunning D’Ascenzo Studios stained glass windows and learn about the restoration of the historic church organ. As we continue along Frankford Avenue, we’ll explore the ongoing commercial revitalization of the corridor, once known as Main Street, and discover the diverse architectural styles lying just beneath the Market-Frankford Elevated Line.
Our walk will conclude with complimentary refreshments at the Historical Society of Frankford. Designed by prolific Frankford-born architect Frank Rushmore Watson, the building houses the Society’s extensive artifact and archival collections documenting Frankford’s development from village to borough to distinct Philadelphia neighborhood.
Tour meets at 10 AM at the Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Orthodox St, Philadelphia, PA 19124
$15 Members, Preservation Alliance & Historical Society of Frankford
Questions? Please email email@example.com or call 215-546-1146 ext. 4.