• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

See your #PHLandmarks

In a city of 500,000 buildings, which ones sing to you?

This fall we asked you to share with us the buildings that matter to you – the ones that define your neighborhood, that represent a community that's important to you, or that simply catch your eye. Today we're sharing selections from your submissions to our #PHLandmark campaign, largely submitted via Instagram and Twitter.

The sample may be small but the range is vast: From Glen Foerd on the North Delaware to the Philadelphia Department of Prisons University Avenue Facility on the Schuylkill. From the Sterling Paper Company's clocktower to Amtrak's Solari board in 30th Street Station. Classics like the Union League and the Headhouse are there, but so are neighborhood icons like Harbison’s milk bottle water tower and the neon Stein’s florist sign.

Though many of the buidlings submitted are old, about half of the submissions we received are listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. (By contrast only about three percent of city buildings are locally designated as historic though thousands more are eligible.) A couple are historic, but unprotected, sites marked for redevelopment, like Jewelers’ Row.

Don't see one of your favorites? Go ahead and share it with us using #PHLandmark. We’re forever keeping our eyes out for the places that make Philly special. 


About the author

Ashley Hahn, Managing Editor

Ashley Hahn started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and became PlanPhilly's managing editor in September 2015. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. She holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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