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Blog: March 2014

May 13, 2015
Explore Philadelphia’s history of banking in a building with a long history of banking. The History Originally constructed as the Fidelity-Philadelphia Trust Company Building, the Wells Fargo Building on South Broad Street in Philadelphia is a fantastic example of Beaux-Arts style architecture.  The 405-foot-tall limestone and granite building was completed in 1928 and was placed on the National... Read More
August 06, 2014
The history behind Philly’s signature sandwich.   The History While disputed by some, most can agree that the Philly Cheesesteak (simply a “cheesesteak” to locals) was invented by brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri in 1930.  Originally sold at a street side stand, the brothers would soon after open a restaurant named Pat’s King of Steaks which still operates today.  Oddly enough, the cheesesteak did... Read More
July 13, 2014
Related Posts: Buy Tickets for The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia ­- See 20+ Sites on a Primary Overview of Independence Park, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Love Statue - Photo Opportunity No trip to Philadelphia is complete without making the mad dash to the top of the Rocky Steps and posing with the Rocky Statue The History For decades, the 72 stone steps known... Read More
June 10, 2014
Related Post Buy Tickets for The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia ­- See 20+ Sites on a Primary Overview of Independence Park, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Right next to historic Old City Philadelphia, Chinatown is one of Philadelphia’s most unique neighborhoods.   The History   It was all the way back in the mid-19th century when Cantonese immigrants to... Read More
May 27, 2014
A respite from the crowds in Independence National Historical Park.   The History The creation of Independence National Historical Park in 1948 led to the construction of many sites in Old City and the restoration of even more.  Most of those projects such as the creation of Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell Center or the restoration of Independence Hall are sites that just about every visitor... Read More
May 16, 2014
The last of Philly’s curb markets runs through the heart of South Philadelphia.   The History Today the curb market that runs along South 9th street in South Philadelphia is known to most as the “Italian Market.” While the market has long served those within the Italian community in Philadelphia, over the course of its long history, the market has served many communities.  When the market started... Read More
May 13, 2014
One of the Nation’s premier children’s museums is located in one Philadelphia’s finest works of architecture.   The History When the Please Touch Museum opened its doors in 1976, it was the first museum dedicated to serving children ages 7 and under.  The museum was dedicated to a hands-on learning environment that would make learning fun for young children.  The museum opened in Philadelphia for... Read More
May 05, 2014
Philadelphia's tallest building has plenty to see; including a video display that needs to be seen to be believed.     The History For nearly a century, Philadelphia’s City Hall stood as the city's tallest building.  Construction began on City Hall, a Second Empire masterpiece, in 1871 and it stood as the tallest building in Philadelphia until 1987, when that distinction was passed on to the... Read More
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