Events

Upcoming events

    • September 30, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 232 South Third Street
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    No neighborhood is 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! It was once a working class neighborhood known as the Bloody 5th Ward, home to African Americans, and Irish and Jewish immigrants. It was the birthplace of Philadelphia’s historic preservation movement and the site of remarkably successful urban renewal scheme. Explore the process of how neighborhoods change and learn to read the urban landscape for signs of the past… You’ll never look at Society Hill the same way again!


    Tour guide Helen Gassmann grew up in the little town of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, but she fell in love with Philadelphia while attending Temple University. She recently received her Master's degree in Public History from Villanova University.



    • October 07, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    • Meet at the southeast corner of 13th and Wood Sts.
    • 15
    When David Lynch moved to Philadelphia in the late 1960s to attend PAFA, he discovered a city that was both terrifying and inspiring. Explore the neighborhood just blocks away from PAFA that so electrified Lynch's imagination with two guides: Hidden City's Peter Woodall and Lynch--and Eraserhood--aficionado, Bob Bruhin. During this one-and-a-half hour walking tour, we'll delve into the area's industrial history, as well as the sights and sounds that inspired Lynch's movies, particularly Eraserhead.tumblr_mz7sb8WPyR1rovfcgo4_1280
    • October 14, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 9th & Chestnut, southwest corner (next to parking lot)
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    Now's the time! Sleepy 'ol Chestnut Street east of Broad is on the upswing again after decades of decline. The tattered remnants of past eras are getting torn down or rebuilt. Things are changing fast, but as you'll see from this tour, that's always been the case.

    Join GroJLart for an exploration of the past, present, and future of one of Philadelphia's most dynamic and important corridors. The tour begins at 9th and Chestnut and runs all the way to Broad Street. This may sound like an awfully short tour, but trust us--those blocks are packed with fascinating history, architectural and otherwise, and GroJLart will tell you the story each building, parking lot and parking garage along the way (with a couple of short detours).

    In case you've never heard of Philly's most famous man of mystery, GroJLart is the author of The Shadow Knows column in the Hidden City Daily, whose foul-mouthed Philaphilia blog does something we didn't think was possible--it makes architecture...hilarious!


    • October 14, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 1346 N. Broad St. (Broad and Master) in front of the Freedom Theater
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    For stunning late Victorian Gothic Revival architecture combined with fascinating social history, it's tough to beat Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond, the final stop on this tour but the first thing we want to tell you about (we didn't want to bury the lede!). The church's progressive social practices began at its founding with the abolition of "pew rents" and reached their height in the 1960s and 70s when it hosted the Conference of Black Power, the Black Panther Conference and the first ordination of women in the Episcopal church. We'll step inside the church's magnificent sanctuary, where a series of 14 murals painted in the 1970s depict scenes from the African-American experience in the company of guide Judith Robinson, a longtime resident of neighboring Strawberry Mansion.

    The tour will begin at Broad and Master, site of famed 19th century Shakespearean actor Edwin Forrest's mansion and now home to the Freedom Theater. We'll walk up Broad Street from there, and talk about Father Divine, the Columbia Avenue riots, Reverend Leon Sullivan's program of African-American economic empowerment, the long lost Monument Cemetery, Temple University's recent construction and expansion plans, plus a whole lot more. You'll never look at Philly the same way again. We guarantee it!




    • October 15, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Main cemetery gate, 62nd & Kingsessing
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    Mount Moriah is the largest cemetery in Pennsylvania, and home to some of our city's finest grave architecture.  Trees and vines have engulfed the gravestones in some areas, giving the place the feel of a lost city in the jungle.  Almost every style of tomb can be found here, from Egyptian Revival to Art Nouveau. Guests will learn about the role of cemeteries as a place for leisure in the Victorian era, as well as the influence of the Freemasons.

    This tour requires significant walking, so practical shoes and water are a must. Part wilderness and part sculpture-garden, this city of the dead is by turns eerie and poignant. Join Hidden City as we peel back the canopy and reveal the wonders below.



    • October 21, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 23rd and Walnut, southwest corner
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    University City and Center City: tantalizingly close to each other, yet separated by a river, a highway, train tracks and a massive rail yard. After generations of talk about somehow knitting these two powerhouse neighborhoods closer together, the process of transitioning the divided area into one (semi)-cohesive unit has finally begun in earnest. Join GroJLart, foul-mouthed creator of the blog PhilaPhilia, for a guided walk that loops around the Center City-University City Connection.

    This tour is a little different than Groj's previous ones (Forgotten North/South Broad StreetForgotten Chestnut Street). He'll still tell you about the past and present of pretty much every damn building along the route, but there'll also be a healthy dose of land use and planning history as well as a look at Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania's future plans for their respective cities within a city. 

    We'll start at the southwest corner of 23rd and Walnut and loop all the way over and around the Schuylkill River using the bridges in between. Prepare for some bridge-walking and stair-climbing! As with all of GroJLart's tours, even the most obsessive Philadelphia-philes will learn new things about the city they love.


    • November 19, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    • Meet at the southeast corner of 13th and Wood Sts.
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    When David Lynch moved to Philadelphia in the late 1960s to attend PAFA, he discovered a city that was both terrifying and inspiring. Explore the neighborhood just blocks away from PAFA that so electrified Lynch's imagination with two guides: Hidden City's Peter Woodall and Lynch--and Eraserhood--aficionado, Bob Bruhin. During this one-and-a-half hour walking tour, we'll delve into the area's industrial history, as well as the sights and sounds that inspired Lynch's movies, particularly Eraserhead.tumblr_mz7sb8WPyR1rovfcgo4_1280

Past events

September 23, 2017 Forgotten North Broad Street
September 10, 2017 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
August 19, 2017 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks--SOLD OUT
July 29, 2017 Society Hill: The Great Deceiver
July 15, 2017 North Central Philly Lost & Found
June 25, 2017 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
June 17, 2017 Society Hill: The Great Deceiver--SOLD OUT
June 17, 2017 Forgotten North Broad Street
June 03, 2017 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks: Exploring the Schuylkill Riverfront
June 03, 2017 North Central Philly Lost & Found
May 21, 2017 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
May 20, 2017 Hidden Geology Bike Tour
May 14, 2017 Exploring David Lynch's "Eraserhood"
May 06, 2017 Society Hill: The Great Deceiver
May 06, 2017 Forgotten Chestnut Street
April 22, 2017 Forgotten North Broad Street--FULL
April 16, 2017 Exploring David Lynch's "Eraserhood"
April 15, 2017 North Central Philly Lost & Found
April 09, 2017 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
April 01, 2017 Forgotten North Broad Street
March 26, 2017 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
March 18, 2017 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks: Exploring the Schuylkill Riverfront
November 13, 2016 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--FULL
November 05, 2016 Fishtown: The Old & The New--FULL
November 05, 2016 Forgotten Chestnut Street
October 22, 2016 Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy--CANCELLED
October 15, 2016 Forgotten North Broad Street
October 15, 2016 Exploring David Lynch's "Eraserhood"
October 09, 2016 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
October 01, 2016 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks: Exploring the Schuylkill Riverfront
September 24, 2016 Exploring David Lynch's "Eraserhood"
September 18, 2016 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
August 27, 2016 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks: Exploring the Schuylkill Riverfront
August 15, 2016 Forgotten Chestnut Street
August 14, 2016 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
August 13, 2016 Forgotten North Broad Street
July 30, 2016 Forgotten South Broad Street--CANCELLED
July 24, 2016 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
July 16, 2016 Forgotten Chestnut Street
June 25, 2016 Camden: Beyond the Headlines
June 19, 2016 Hidden Nature
June 18, 2016 Hidden Architecture--SOLD OUT
June 18, 2016 Community Gardens of West Philly--FULL
June 18, 2016 Community Gardens Bike Tour
June 12, 2016 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--SOLD OUT
June 11, 2016 Exploring Powelton, Inside & Out
June 11, 2016 Shock of the New: Midcentury Philly Architecture--SOLD OUT
May 21, 2016 North Central Philly Lost & Found
May 21, 2016 Exploring David Lynch's "Eraserhood"-SOLD OUT
May 21, 2016 Fishtown: The Old & The New
May 15, 2016 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--SOLD OUT
May 14, 2016 Underground Philly: Trains, Transit & Tunnels--SOLD OUT
May 14, 2016 Forgotten North Broad Street
May 07, 2016 Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy
May 07, 2016 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks: Exploring the Schuylkill Riverfront
April 30, 2016 Underground Philly: Trains, Transit & Tunnels
April 23, 2016 Exploring David Lynch's "Eraserhood"
April 23, 2016 Forgotten Chestnut Street
April 16, 2016 Forgotten South Broad Street
April 10, 2016 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
April 09, 2016 Underground Philly: Trains, Transit & Tunnels--SOLD OUT
April 09, 2016 Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy
April 09, 2016 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks: Exploring the Schuylkill Riverfront
April 02, 2016 Forgotten North Broad Street
March 26, 2016 Forgotten Chestnut Street--SOLD OUT
March 19, 2016 Forgotten North Broad Street
November 14, 2015 Ghosts of Philly Industry--SOLD OUT
November 14, 2015 Lost Sites & Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music
November 08, 2015 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
November 07, 2015 Mostly Manayunk with Brad Maule--SOLD OUT
November 07, 2015 North Central Philly Lost & Found
October 31, 2015 Hidden Geology Bike Tour
October 31, 2015 Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy
October 24, 2015 Forgotten South Broad Street
October 17, 2015 Hidden City Daily's 4th Anniversary Party
October 17, 2015 Camden: Beyond the Headlines
October 17, 2015 Underground Philly: Trains, Transit & Tunnels--SOLD OUT
October 03, 2015 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks: Exploring the Schuylkill Riverfront
September 19, 2015 From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks: Exploring the Schuylkill Riverfront
September 12, 2015 Forgotten North Broad Street
September 05, 2015 Forgotten Chestnut Street
August 15, 2015 The Schuylkill Riverfront: From Slaughterhouses to Skate Parks
August 01, 2015 Forgotten South Broad Street
July 26, 2015 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
July 25, 2015 Forgotten Chestnut Street
July 18, 2015 Underground Philly: Trains, Transit & Tunnels--SOLD OUT
July 18, 2015 Forgotten North Broad Street--SOLD OUT
July 11, 2015 Exploring David Lynch's "Eraserhood"
July 07, 2015 Up & Over the Ben Franklin Bridge
June 27, 2015 "They Say They Gonna Build" tour
June 27, 2015 Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy
June 26, 2015 Sedgwick Theater: Behind the Scenes--FULL
June 21, 2015 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
June 20, 2015 Community Gardens Day Bike Tour
June 20, 2015 Forgotten Chestnut Street
June 13, 2015 Exploring David Lynch's "Eraserhood"
June 13, 2015 Forgotten South Broad Street
June 06, 2015 "They Say They Gonna Build" tour
June 06, 2015 Underground Philly: Trains, Transit & Tunnels--SOLD OUT
June 06, 2015 Forgotten North Broad Street--SOLD OUT!
May 23, 2015 Forgotten Chestnut Street--SOLD OUT
May 16, 2015 Hidden Geology Bike Tour--SOLD OUT
May 16, 2015 Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy
May 16, 2015 Up & Over the Ben Franklin Bridge
May 10, 2015 Underground Philadelphia: Subways, Railways & Stations--SOLD OUT!
May 10, 2015 Tales from David Lynch's Eraserhood
May 10, 2015 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--SOLD OUT
May 09, 2015 Forgotten South Broad Street
May 02, 2015 Forgotten North Broad Street--SOLD OUT
May 02, 2015 Forgotten Parkside--SOLD OUT
April 25, 2015 Philly Jazz Walking Tour--SOLD OUT
April 25, 2015 Forgotten Broad Street--SOLD OUT
April 18, 2015 Underground Philadelphia: Subways, Railways & Stations--SOLD OUT
April 18, 2015 Forgotten Chestnut Street--SOLD OUT
April 12, 2015 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--SOLD OUT
March 21, 2015 Forgotten Broad Street
March 14, 2015 Forgotten Chestnut Street--SOLD OUT
March 08, 2015 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--SOLD OUT
January 14, 2015 Art Deco Mailboxes: An Illustrated Design History Reading & Lecture--SOLD OUT
December 11, 2014 Abandoned America Book Release Party
November 22, 2014 David Lynch's Eraserhood--SOLD OUT
November 22, 2014 Between the Piers: A Bike Tour of Our Evolving Waterfront--SOLD OUT
November 16, 2014 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--SOLD OUT
November 16, 2014 Forgotten Parkside--SOLD OUT
November 15, 2014 Philadelphia's Golden Age of Retail--SOLD OUT
November 14, 2014 Center City's Women's Clubs & Societies--SOLD OUT
November 09, 2014 Lost Sites & Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music
November 08, 2014 Forgotten Chestnut Street
October 26, 2014 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
October 25, 2014 Forgotten Parkside--SOLD OUT
October 11, 2014 Forgotten Chestnut Street
October 11, 2014 Forgotten Parkside
October 03, 2014 Hidden City Daily's 3rd Anniversary Party
September 20, 2014 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
September 20, 2014 Forgotten Broad Street
September 13, 2014 Forgotten Chestnut Street--SOLD OUT
August 30, 2014 Exploring Powelton, Inside & Out
August 16, 2014 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--SOLD OUT
August 09, 2014 Forgotten Broad Street
August 02, 2014 Exploring Powelton, Inside & Out--SOLD OUT
July 26, 2014 Forgotten Broad Street--SOLD OUT
July 12, 2014 Wissahickon Tour with Brad Maule & FOW Picnic
June 28, 2014 Wissahickon Tour with Brad Maule & FOW Picnic
June 21, 2014 Lost Sights & Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music
May 10, 2014 Hidden Geology Bike Trip
January 18, 2014 Architectural Photography Workshop at PAFA--sold out
December 04, 2013 Exploring industrial Wayne Junction
November 07, 2013 Historic Designation Workshop
October 27, 2013 Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery--SOLD OUT
October 27, 2013 Exploring Powelton, Inside & Out
September 28, 2013 Wissahickon Bike Tour
September 22, 2013 Mt. Moriah Cemetery Tour--SOLD OUT
September 21, 2013 Exploring Powelton--SOLD OUT
September 21, 2013 Exploring Powelton--SOLD OUT
June 23, 2013 Delaware County Camera Club Photo Tour
April 17, 2013 Preserving Philadelphia Modernism: Are We Finally Ready?
March 23, 2013 Fantastic Frankford--sold out
March 20, 2013 The Future of the Reading Viaduct: A Conversation
March 17, 2013 Germantown Photo Workshop with Abandoned America's Matthew Christopher--sold out
March 09, 2013 What Could Have Been? Alternate Histories of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway--sold out
March 02, 2013 A World Apart: 19th and early 20th Century Woman’s Clubs and Societies--SOLD OUT
February 23, 2013 A Tale of Four Neighborhoods--SOLD OUT
February 20, 2013 The Divine Lorraine & the Architecture of the Peace Mission Movement--SOLD OUT
January 17, 2013 Historic Designation Workshop
November 17, 2012 Members-Only Tour of Furness & Hewitt's 19th St. Baptist Church
November 10, 2012 Hidden Camden: Beyond the Rhetoric
October 12, 2012 Wayne Junction tour--sold out
December 14, 2011 Orpheus Club Party
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