PHILADELPHIA. An architectural getaway


Philadelphia is the city of important architects such as Louis Kahn or Robert Venturi. Not only can we see here some of their work, but we can also find many other interesting buildings which are well worth visiting.

In our 4 days getaway to the city, we tried to make the most of our time. It was our first visit to Philadelphia, so we spent a lot of time with the most famous tourist attractions. However, we always set aside some time for our Architectural Visits.

Following I have prepared my list of the most interesting works in architecture that you can find in Philadelphia and surroundings. Besides, I have also included some points of interest that you cannot miss.
I shared a map with all the information at the beginning of the post to help you find all the places easily. I would have really appreciated having it before my trip, as it would have saved me a lot of time. Therefore, I am more than happy to share with you my Philadelphia guide for architecture lovers.


Architectural Visits in Philadelphia

  • Guild House [Robert Venturi]
  • Barnes Foundation [Tod Williams & Billie Tsien]
  • Morimoto [Karim Rashid]
  • Society Hill Towers [I.M.Pei]
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts [Rafael Viñoly]
  • Richards Medical Research Laboratories [Louis Kahn]
  • Esherick House [Louis Kahn]
  • Vanna Venturi House [Robert Venturi]
  • Beth Sholom Congregation [Frank Lloyd Wright]
  • Erdman Hall [Louis Kahn]
  • Fisher House [Louis Kahn]

Points of Interest

  • Louis Kahn Architecture Office (*)
  • Society Hill Neighborhood
  • Delancey Place
  • Elfreth’s Alley
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

I hope this can be helpful to prepare your getaway to Philadelphia. Do not hesitate to leave a comment if you think of a place or building that is worth including it. Thereby we can do together a Philadelphia guide with the best Architectural Visits.


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(*) Article updated February 2018

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