City Center, Philadelphia
Center City occupies downtown Philadelphia, straddling both sides of Broad Street with City Hall being the focal point and geographical center of this walking tour. Though not as concentrated an area as neighboring Independence Historic National Park lying to the west, this area does contain a fair amount of fine attractions, from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to the Civil War Library & Museum and the Reading Terminal Market.
Arch Street United Methodist Church
The church was organized in 1862 as the Arch Street Methodist Episcopal Church. It is an example of late 19th century Gothic revival architecture.Arch Street helped start several other churches, began live radio broadcasts of its services in 1924, was probably the first church to fully integrate its membership in the city, opened its doors to participation by Roman Catholic leaders in the 1960s, sponsored numerous initiatives to attack the problem of homelessness, and started ministries for Native Americans and AIDS Awareness activities.
Official site: www.archstreetumc.org
Address: 55 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2531, United States
Northwest of City Hall is the Penn Center, a complex of hotels and high-rise office blocks, including the Central Penn National Bank and the IBM Building. Previously there was a tacit agreement that no buildings in this area should be higher than the statue of William Penn (550ft/168ft), but in recent years a whole series of skyscrapers have been built. Among them are One Liberty Place, at 1650 Market Street, the city's tallest building (945ft/288m), Two Liberty Place (1601 Chestnut Street; 845m/258m) and the Mellon Bank Center (1735 Market Street; 880ft/268m).
Official site: www.shopsatliberty.com
Address: 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Founded in 1976, The African-American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) has exhibits on all facets of African-American culture: politics, religion, family life, Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, law, and technology.
Official site: www.aampmuseum.org
Address: 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1504, United States
Official site: www.pagrandlodge.org
Address: 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2598, United States
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Opened in 1993, the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) is doubling its exhibit space to 1 million sq. ft. at a total cost of $522 million. The 1,200-room Marriott Hotel is part of this vast complex that hosts special events.
Official site: www.paconvention.com
Address: One Convention Center Place, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2208, United States
Reading Terminal Market
The Reading Terminal Market is a food emporium offering 80 merchants and a wide array of foods to eat, from chitlins to cheesesteaks. A highlight is a Pennsylvania Dutch meal fresh from the local farms.
City Center Map
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