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    • 500 Walnut Street, June 2017

View from the top: Two new luxury buildings welcome the wealthy – and why that matters for the rest of us

Tom Scannapieco is standing in the penthouse suite of 500 Walnut, his latest addition to the tippy-top of Philadelphia’s real estate market. The building is still under construction and the walls…

    • Rendering of Headhouse plaza looking north from parking (Art Commission, June 2017) | Ambit Architecture

Art Commission approves public space expansion at Headhouse Square

The long-awaited renovation of the Headhouse Plaza on 2nd Street inched closer to implementation Wednesday, receiving the approval of the Art Commission. There has been talk for decades of redesigning the…

    • Society Hill Acme

Council exempts Society Hill from green roof and grocery zoning bonuses

On Thursday, City Council passed a bill exempting Society Hill from the density bonuses offered in exchange for buildings that include fresh food markets and green roofs, under the zoning code’s…

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ABOUT SOCIETY HILL

Society Hill is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The area is bound by Walnut Street, Lombard Street, Front Street, and 8th Street. In 1683, William Penn granted this area to a London development company call the Free Society of Traders, the organization that gives Society Hill its name. During the 18th century, this area was mostly populated with the wealthy upper classes, but when the Industrial Revolution came to the city, these wealthy classes moved west and Society Hill became a mixture of social classes. From the mid 19th century into the 20th century, Society Hill slowly declined. Yet this area retained its Georgian buildings from the 18th and early 19th centuries. Following World War II, Philadelphians decided to restore their historic and derelict neighborhoods, including Society Hill. Edmund Bacon is usually credited with the idea of restoring Society Hill. Unlike similar neighborhoods in other cities, Bacon decided not to raze the Georgian structures and chose to retain as many of the structures as possible. Only unsalvageable structures and those in the way of the construction of I-95 were destroyed. Today Society Hill contains more Georgian structures than any neighborhood in the country. The area is now known for a rich cultural and ethnic diversity and remains a mostly residential neighborhood.

 

RESOURCES

Society Hill Civic Association

Society Hill Magazine

Wikipedia on Society Hill

 



 
 
The “Man Full of Trouble,” as its name suggests, probably catered to a fairly rowdy crowd in the 18th and early 19th century.  The building had numerous tenants; in the 1830s it went by the names of “
 
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

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