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    • Architect Cecil Baker shows Historical Commission members design details

Historical Commission calls for 500 Walnut design approval

The Scannapieco Development Corporation's concept for a 26-story, multi-family, uber-luxury residential tower on a currently vacant lot at 500-05 Walnut Street came before the full Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday with the applicants…

    • Cecil Baker describes 500 Walnut project

Art Commission conceptually approves 500 Walnut

Architect Cecil Baker and developer Tom Scannapieco went before the Philadelphia Art Commission Wednesday with their concepts for creating a 26-story residential tower at 5th and Walnut streets. They were granted conceptual…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park  | Groundswell Design Group

Waterfront Working: 3 signs of progress on the Central Delaware

In June 2013 City Council passed a zoning overlay that gives the Master Plan for the Central Delaware its teeth. Now, a year later, there are positive signs that Philly is…

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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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