Society Hill: The Great Deceiver, 1930 to Present--SOLD OUT

  • May 20, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • 244 S. 3rd Street
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Meet in front of Powel House
244 S. 3rd Street.

No neighborhood in Philadelphia has as complex and contradictory a history as Society Hill. Once it was home to Philadelphia’s aristocracy, and today it features dozens of million dollar houses. Ah, but so much happened in the 150 years in between!

Society Hill has so much compelling material that we’ve split the tour into two parts. This one will explore the neighborhood beginning in the 1930s, when it was still home to many small factories and workshops, along with a poor and working class African-American community. We’ll delve into its role as the birthplace of Philadelphia’s historic preservation movement and as the site of an ambitious urban renewal scheme starting in the 1950s. The tour will begin with a visit inside Powel House, which is perhaps Philadelphia’s most deceptive house museum, possessing a history that mirrors the neighborhood’s to a remarkable degree.

You’ll never look at Society Hill the same way again!

Questions, concerns, conundrums? Contact Hidden City project director Pete Woodall at 267-259-7112 or

Tour guide Mickey Herr Mickey Herr lived in many places until her heart settled in Philadelphia. She has led the development and communications efforts for several significant non-profit cultural institutions in Philadelphia, and currently serves as a special projects advisor to PhilaLandmarks. She is the co-author of William Lewis, Esquire: Enlightened Statesman, Profound Lawyer, and Useful Citizen (2012). She believes in ghosts, synchronicity, and taking chances. Current interests involve elevating the hidden-histories of women.

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