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    • St. Augustine Catholic Church, Interior, 2016 | Jared Brey

Catholic Church paintings added to historic register

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Friday morning to add a series of religious paintings inside St. Augustine Catholic Church at 4th and New streets in Old City to the local register…

    • FringeArts beer garden | Johanna Austin, courtesy of FringeArts

Praxis Dialogues: Does Philadelphia need a Culture Plan?

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, a conversation about what the notion of “public good” means in terms of public arts and culture. We're sharing…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Three big ideas from Old City District's Vision 2026 plan

Old City District unveiled the results of its Vision 2026 plan Wednesday night, which aims to provide a blueprint for urban growth in Philadelphia’s historic center, and the easternmost section of…

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ABOUT OLD CITY

Old City is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The neighborhood in centered around the historic district of the city and bounded by the Delaware River, Spring Garden Street, 4th Street, and Walnut Street. Founded by William Penn in 1681 as a settlement for himself and his fellow Quakers, this neighborhood is the oldest part of Philadelphia and contains attractions dating back to the time before the American Revolution. Old City also is the place where our nation was founded. This is the area of Philadelphia where the colonists first adopted the Declaration of Independence and where the Constitution was written. Many structures from that time still exist, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, and Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously occupied residential street. Old City Philadelphia was the nation’s capital from 1790 through 1800. During the 19th century, this neighborhood became a center for industry, dotted with many factories that have lately been turned into housing. Today, Old City is a thriving, vibrant neighborhood, particularly popular with young adults. There is a wide array of entertainment venues, including restaurants, bars, and clubs in addition to the numerous historical attractions.


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Old City Civic Association

Old City District

Wikipedia on Old City

 
One of two fortifications built in 1747, the Association Battery was located at the foot of Wharton Street, with 27 cannons aimed out over the Delaware River to stop any French and Spanish privateers
 
There was once an island right off Center City where Philadelphians went to bathe and frolic.
 
The concept for John Fitch's paddle powered steamboat emanated from a dream

UPCOMING EVENTS IN OLD CITY

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