Events

Upcoming events

    • October 01, 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 23rd and Walnut, southwest corner
    • 23

    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.


    • October 09, 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Main cemetery gate, 62nd & Kingsessing
    • 15

    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 15, 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Meet at the southeast corner of 13th and Wood Sts.
    • 22
    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.
    • October 15, 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Broad & Vine, northwest corner
    • 26

    What's up with the vacant, majestic Divine Lorraine building? You'll find out in the newest tour from GroJLart, author of the foul-mouthed Philaphilia blog and Hidden City's The Shadow Knows column. From the "Tower of Truth" to the decaying Metropolitan Opera House, to the remnants of its days as "Auto Row," North Broad has the goods. 

    Groj will lead you on a long walk up North Broad between Vine and Poplar with a couple of detours, where he'll detail the past, present, and future of every building, garage, surface lot, big promise, and broken dream this huge little street has ever seen.  Whether you're a history buff or just a Philadelphia enthusiast, anyone who has been on one of GroJLart's other tours will tell you that you'll never look at this stretch of Broad Street the same way again. 

    • October 22, 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meet in lobby of Reading Terminal Head House (entrance under curved Convention Center sign on Market St. just east of 12th St.) PLEASE NOTE: Meeting place is Reading Terminal Head House, not Reading Terminal Market.
    • 20

    Philadelphia has long been a jazz hub, with cool cats like John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, and Benny Golson calling the city home. Such figures were mainstays in the clubs and concert halls that made up an integral part of the mid-20th century urban landscape. This tour will highlight key locations and stories from Philly’s heyday as a jazz mecca in the 1950s and 1960s up until the present. We’ll begin near the site of the famed Earle Theatre at 11th and Market Streets. From there, we’ll head down South Broad Street, a major club thoroughfare. The tour will end at Broad and Fitzwater Streets. Put some pep in your step and come join the fun!

    Tour leader Jack McCarthy is a professional archivist and historian with a particular interest in Philadelphia music. He has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and regularly writes, lectures, and gives tours on Philadelphia music history for Hidden City and others. In addition to his current work as a project director for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Jack served as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski centennial and for the 2014 audio documentary on Philadelphia Black radio, Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio.


    • November 13, 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Main cemetery gate, 62nd & Kingsessing
    • 17

    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.



Past events

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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