Check out Preservation Alliance's self-guided walking tours

The Preservation Alliance’s new, self-guided walking tours of three Philadelphia historic districts make it easy to visit, whenever it’s convenient for you and at your own pace.

The Rittenhouse East and Rittenhouse West tours explore the rich architecture, including many buildings by prominent 19th- and 20th-century architects, in the neighborhoods that comprise the city’s Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District. The Girard Estate Historic District tour visits a rare, planned community of great architectural distinction in South Philadelphia.
Scroll down to download and print an easy-to-follow pdf tour, or hit the streets with your web-enabled cellphone or handheld device and follow our interactive version as you go!

Each tour includes a neighborhood history, easy-to-follow map and photographs and description of each building along the way.
Researcher/Writer: Paula Spilner
Photography: James B. Abbott and Tom Crane
Graphic Design: Joel Katz Design Associates
Online Versions: Javelin Design
This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Don’t forget that the Alliance’s guided architectural walking tours of neighborhoods throughout the city and region continue through October. For the schedule and details, click here.

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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