Fall is one of the nicest times to walk around Philadelphia, which might be why people have decided that this is when architecture appreciation month can happen. Celebrate “Archtober” in Philadelphia by visiting the city’s coolest buildings built over the last three-hundred or so years.
Old Trinity Church
The church itself dates from the late 1600s, and this building is one of Philadelphia’s oldest buildings—built in 1711. The red- and black-brick building showcases an English aesthetic that was popular in Philadelphia’s early revolutionary days. It is one of the oldest churches in the country.
Old Trinity Church. 6901 Rising Sun Ave.
One of America’s most beloved municipal government buildings, Philadelphia City Hall is a grand granite building built in the elaborate Second Empire style popular during the Gilded Age. Upon completion in 1901, the towering edifice—with a 38-foot-tall statue of William Penn standing proudly atop its 500-foot spire—it was the tallest building in the world. And it stayed the tallest building in Philadelphia for nearly 90 years. Don’t miss the views from its observation deck.
Philadelphia City Hall: 1 Penn Square
Robinson’s Clothing Store
Built in 1946, Robinson’s Clothing Store became a staple of Philadelphia’s shopping scene in Center City. It’s large “Robinson’s” sign is ever-recognizable, and the midcentury modern design from Victor Gruen is beloved among architecture fans. There’s been some drama surrounding the fight to make this a historically protected building, so get out and see it this Archtober just in case.
Robinson’s Clothing Store. 42 S 15th St.
One Liberty Place
At 945 feet tall, One Liberty Place was the tallest building in Philadelphia when it was built in 1987. Its height broke a centuries-old agreement that no building would ever stand taller than William Penn’s statue on top of city hall. Bold in its construction and in its design, One Liberty Place is a must-see for all Archtober fans in Philadelphia this fall.
One Liberty Place. 1650 Market St.
A popular place for early revolutionaries like Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross to pray, Christ Church is also one of the most beautiful old churches in Philadelphia. Modeled after the work of British architect Sir Christopher Wren, the church has given its area on American Street an English vibe since it was constructed in the mid 1700s.
Christ Church. 20 N Americans St.
Comcast Technology Center
The second Comcast highrise to tower over the city of Philadelphia, the Technology Center is a $1.5 billion project that tops out at 1,121 feet tall. Currently under construction, the development will include offices, television studios, restaurants and more. It’s set to wrap up before end of year!
The Comcast Technology Center. 1800 Arch St.