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Old 10-30-2018, 09:28 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Philadelphia has so much in the way of historic architecture, I hardly know where to begin. Buildings by famous architects like Robert Mills, William Strickland, John Haviland, John Notman, Frank Furness, Thomas U. Walter, Daniel Burnham, Louis Kahn, and the firm of McKim, Mead, and White abound, and certain landmark buildings such as PSFS, the Merchants Exchange, the Second Bank of the United States, and City Hall are quite famous.

Speaking of City Hall you might want to focus your attention on this section of Center City as there are so many really great buildings concentrated in a very compact area. The Philadelphia City Hall (b. 1871-1901) is considered the finest example of Second Empire architecture in the U.S. and the tallest masonry-supported building in the world. Take the interior tour and then cross the street and tour the magnificent Norman-styled Masonic Temple (1868-73).

Go inside Macy's Department Store (The Wanamaker Building b. 1902-11, Renaissance Revival) and see/hear the world's largest operating pipe organ (28,000 pipes). Don't forget the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (1905-08) and be sure to check out the display panels in Dilworth Park (west side of City Hall) for a fascinating history of the redevelopment of this part of the city as well as construction of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Of course you could spend three days just walking around Old City, Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square or any number of other historic neighborhoods in Philadelphia. I hope you have an enjoyable trip and that you'll spend more time here the next time you visit!
Out Justice Dept. friend also told us of the Macy’s pipe organ. Yes we are really looking forward to especially the historic architecture of the city, we will likely just spend hours taking it all in.

Thanks for the tips, we will surely have a great time, even as we will only experience a fraction of the city, as you note, it will likely only be the first time of many once we’ve discovered how much there is to see.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Right in the heart of the city next to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
So you're staying at the Hotel Monaco, then?

Take a look at the inscription over the inner portal as you walk through the main entrance.

The building you will be staying in is the Lafayette Building (erected 1907), one of a number of Center City properties owned by the Estate of Stephen Girard. America's first financier and the power behind the First and Second Banks of the United States - both buildings still stand in Independence National Historic Park, but only the Second Bank is open to the public - left behind a huge fortune to endow and support a school for orphaned white boys. NAACP head Cecil B. Moore led protests in the mid-1960s that led the courts to strike that clause from Girard's will, and Girard College today takes in any fatherless boy - or girl now as well. The Girard Estate, which also owns the block on which the new East Market residential/office/commercial development is arising, is adminstered by a city agency called the Board of City Trusts.

You'll find Girard College along the (deflected) street that bears his name, on the border between Fairmount, Brewerytown and Sharswood. I don't think they let visitors tour it, though. That's a shame, for its main buildings are the product of one of those notable architects listed above, Thomas U. Walter.

As a consolation prize for not being able to see it, however, you might want to check out the earlier main building at the University of the Arts on South Broad Street, Dorrance Hamilton Hall. Its front wing was designed by John Strickland, and the two wings attached to its rear are Frank Furness creations. Its front portico is stylized in the university's logo.

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If you are into historical stuff and dive bars, I think Monk's and McGillin's are two good suggestions. McGillin's has been in business since 1860. So men literally drank a beer at the bar there before heading off to fight in the civil war.
McGillin's Olde Ale House is the city's oldest restaurant, and it's a fun place to visit, but it's definitely not a dive bar. Nor is Monk's, which has one of the city's more extensive craft beer lists.

Dirty Frank's at 13th and Spruce, already mentioned, and McGlinchey's on 15th just below Latimer, are both better examples of the category. But I'm surprised that no one here has yet mentioned the legendary Bob & Barbara's Lounge (1500 block of South Street). This shrine to Pabst Blue Ribbon has good jazz on Friday and Saturday nights (or maybe just one of these two) and the city's longest-running weekly drag show, on Thursday nights. It's also the birthplace of the "Citywide Special." In its original form, it's a PBR "pounder" (16-ounce can) and a shot of Jim Beam for $4. You will find variants on this formula, often using better whisky and sometimes better beer as well, at some of the bars across the city that offer it - and many of the bars in this city do, hence its name.

(The best office Christmas party I've ever attended was the one Red Tettemer Advertising [RIP] threw at Bob and Barbara's while I was working temp there.)

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Since you're staying in Center City, there's no need to look further afield for things to see and do.
While it's true that you can fill your visit just with attractions in Center City, I take exception to that "there's no need to look further afield" statement.

If you don't look further afield, you will miss such gems as the Wagner Free Institute of Science (1700 Montgomery Avenue), a science museum that is itself a specimen of how science museums looked in the 19th century, or Cliveden (6400 Germantown Avenue), site of the only Revolutionary War battle to take place within the present-day Philadelphia city limits. (Visit in October and you might be able to go up there on the Saturday when a re-enactment of the battle is staged.)

Cliveden is one of several historic houses, including a noteworthy station on the Underground Railroad one block to Cliveden's south, in Germantown - "Freedom's Backyard." Visit on a day when all the houses are open and you could make a day of it, topped off by dinner in Mt. Airy up the road. (I'm the current resident Germantowner on this forum.)

There are some other more obscure museums you can visit in the outlying neighborhoods, like the Grand Army of the Republic (Union Civil War veterans) Museum in Frankford, and one not-at-all-obscure one: the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, which is devoted to the art and artists of Philadelphia and environs.

In short, you'll need to schedule another visit to take it all in.
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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^^Yeah, but they won't see every notable thing in that small area in just two days. I've lived in the area (north and south of) for ten years and I still haven't seen everything that I want to.

T, go here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/...e-dream-garden. It'll only take a minute or five. Or maybe it'll be 30 or so.

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Old 10-31-2018, 06:12 AM
 
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Out Justice Dept. friend also told us of the Macy’s pipe organ. Yes we are really looking forward to especially the historic architecture of the city, we will likely just spend hours taking it all in.

Thanks for the tips, we will surely have a great time, even as we will only experience a fraction of the city, as you note, it will likely only be the first time of many once we’ve discovered how much there is to see.
Nit picking here. It's still called the Wanamaker organ. Generally you can hear it weekdays at around noon.
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:28 AM
 
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OP, one final thing since it sounds like you will be staying at the Klimpton Monaco, the Bourse(next door )is partially open wrt food options inspite of the outdoor "grand opening" posters. If you are into tea there's an awesome tea bar, Karl's.
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:40 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Well I can say is we have a view of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell from our room, arrived just in time for Kimpton wine Happy Hour from the train from the airport, The Red Owl bar for a couple of cocktails, Bud and Marylyn’s for an awesome dinner and a great time at Graffiti Bar. Philly is easily one of my favorite cities and we’ve only been here a few hours!
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Old 11-02-2018, 10:23 AM
 
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Well I can say is we have a view of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell from our room, arrived just in time for Kimpton wine Happy Hour from the train from the airport, The Red Owl bar for a couple of cocktails, Bud and Marylyn’s for an awesome dinner and a great time at Graffiti Bar. Philly is easily one of my favorite cities and we’ve only been here a few hours!
Good, that means you will probably make a return visit.
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Old 11-02-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: The City
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Well I can say is we have a view of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell from our room, arrived just in time for Kimpton wine Happy Hour from the train from the airport, The Red Owl bar for a couple of cocktails, Bud and Marylyn’s for an awesome dinner and a great time at Graffiti Bar. Philly is easily one of my favorite cities and we’ve only been here a few hours!


you brought some warm fall weather with you, enjoy your visit!
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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Y

If you remember the Reading Terminal Market as a drab/dying place. Forget that! It's booming now!
You got that right, lol. I just got back from there. Picked up some fresh meat, fresh vegetables and of course some doughnuts. It was 9 am and still packed.

I love reading terminal market.
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:30 PM
 
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You got that right, lol. I just got back from there. Picked up some fresh meat, fresh vegetables and of course some doughnuts. It was 9 am and still packed.

I love reading terminal market.
It's almost impossible now to realize that it almost died/disappeared.
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