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    • Historic Building Elevation Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Source: PHMC, Jeremy Young

Philadelphia to be first big city with disaster plan to protect historic buildings

In a city whose identity is so closely associated with its historic sites, the effects of climate change and storms like Katrina and Sandy pose nightmare scenarios. What would Philadelphia be…

    • Society Hill Playhouse

Toll Brothers to demolish Society Hill Playhouse

Toll Brothers seems to be done trying to negotiate with Washington Square West. The Horsham-based developers have abandoned their plans for a 51-foot-tall condominium project to replace Society Hill Playhouse, on…

    • Rev. Duffield sculpture, finished

Spotted: Old Pine's maple minister

If you’ve walked down the 400 block of Pine Street, then you’ve likely noticed Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church’s beautiful churchyard and the radical tilt of its historic cast iron fence,…

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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

UPCOMING EVENTS IN SOCIETY HILL

  • May 22, 2016
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