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EFHS Benjamin Franklin Parkway Tour

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10:00 AM
Meet at Fairmont Waterworks

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Registration is not Required
Members pay for their own charges

EFHS Benjamin Franklin Parkway Tour

The East Falls Historical Society is planning a special walking tour of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, April 29 at 10 am. Beginning at the Fairmount Water Works, join us for a stroll down the Parkway to Logan Square and back.  Parking is free for two hours at Lloyd Hall or all day on Sedgely Drive (across from the Lincoln monument). The cost of the program is $10 for members and $15.00 for non-members. For $15, a guest may become a member of the East Falls Historical Society as well.


The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was planned as Philadelphia’s contribution to the early 20th century, ‘City Beautiful Movement’ that emanated from the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  It was designed as Philadelphia’s version of the Champs Elysees in Paris and also to connect the downtown core to the green open space of Fairmount Park beyond.  Cutting through this 1.3 mile boulevard began in 1907 and was completed in 1917/1918, taking over 10 years because approximately 1,200 industrial, commercial and residential structures had to be demolished.  Today the Parkway is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  The iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art caps its upper end and Philadelphia’s City Hall caps the lower end. Come learn about the cultural, educational and commercial buildings that line it, as well as a number of structures that were planned for it but never built.


Tour length: 2 hours maximum