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Architectural Walking Tours
1616 Walnut Street Suite 1620
Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cross Street: 17th Street
Hours of Operation
Open May Through October
Wednesdays, 6pm (May-Aug. only)
Saturdays, 10am and 2pm
Sundays, 2pm  (and 10am, Sept.-Oct.)Tours run approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

The mission of the Preservation Alliance is to actively promote the appreciation, protection, and appropriate use and development of the Philadelphia region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes.

Although there are many nonprofit organizations involved in the preservation and management of historic resources in the Philadelphia region as well as many public agencies devoted to the protection of historic resources, the Alliance is the principal “public steward” of the historic landmarks of the Philadelphia area. Our task is not simply to protect the past; it is also to build public appreciation and support for the distinctive historic character of the city of Philadelphia and surrounding communities, and the assets that contribute to that character. The Alliance is also a public advocate for preservation policies and laws.  No other organization performs these functions in the city of Philadelphia; no other organization takes as its mission cooperative efforts with preservation organizations in all the Pennsylvania counties adjacent to Philadelphia to achieve these same objectives.

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  • Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Students; Free children 10 and under, accompanied by adult $5 Preservation Alliance Members (Please show your member card).Best Of Philly 2008
  • Private Tours: Is your group interested in a customized or private tour? We can help. Contact Us.
  • Become A Member: To Become A Member Click Here. Preservation Alliance membership card Annual subscription to Preservation Matters, the Alliance's seasonal newsletter that keeps you informed on preservation issues, events and activitiesMonthly E-Newsletter that provides timely advocacy and issue updates and details on upcoming eventsDiscounted admission to Alliance events, tours, and workshops Half price admission to any Preservation Alliance Architectural Walking Tour10% discount at AIA Bookstore and Design Center (store and website)10% off standard room rates at the historic Morris House Hotel located in Washington Square, Philadelphia (not to be combined with other discounts)10% off all non-sale merchandise at the Elfreth's Alley Museum Shop located in House #124 on the Nation's Oldest Street Discounted rates on home and auto insurance from HUB International30% off cover price of Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City (3rd edition, 2009) by John Andrew Gallery.
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