Lauder College House Presents... Penntracks' West Philadelphia Tour!

Lauder College House Presents... Penntracks' West Philadelphia Tour!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States

Created By: Lauder College House

Tour Information

This tour will take you through beautiful Victorian neighborhoods to great ethnic restaurants and a great park—all in Penn’s backyard. Welcome to West Philly! West Philadelphia began as the site of summer homes for colonial elites and then became Philadelphia’s first suburb in the late 19th century after the creation of the electric streetcar. Lined with Italianate, Victorian, and Queen Anne “cottages,” the neighborhoods today house faculty and students of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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What You'll See on the Tour

This National Historic Landmark is a fantastic federal-style mansion surrounded by a beautiful, botanical garden. The Woodlands is perhaps most famous for its Victorian cemetery. Here lie many famous Colonial American and Civil War fellows,... Read more
This small neighborhood is on the National Register of Historical Places. Here you will see Italianate style houses. This distinct architecture became popular during the 19th century and spread from England to the United States and Australi... Read more
In 2003 Green Line Cafe owners transformed a historic but neglected building into a thriving coffeehouse that has been called “West Philly’s Living Room.” They quickly learned people really liked their way of serving organic and fairl... Read more
Clark Park is one of the great public spaces of West Philadelphia. In the warm months it hosts community festivals and a weekly farmer’s market. At the southern end of the park is the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, which cont... Read more
This street is an old turnpike that went from Philadelphia to Baltimore and is one of the major arteries through West Philadelphia. The trolleys that still run down the street are what made this neighborhood the most desirable suburb of Phi... Read more
The Garden Court neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the most charming residential areas in all of Philadelphia. The homes on Larchwood and Osage Avenues are simultaneously suburban and urbane, and the... Read more
Philadelphia Divinity School, now recognizable as St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel, was founded in 1921. The site was the location of the developer Clarence Clark’s mansion. Clark, after whom Clark Park is named, developed what is now kno... Read more
Named after the owner’s adorable French bulldog, Lulu Café is another one of Philly’s local boutique cafes. Stop by and try their authentic Taiwanese street food and bubble tea as well as other delicious snacks and drinks. The café al... Read more


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