Old City, Philadelphia facts for kids
Old City Historic District
U.S. Historic district
A view of Quince Street, a narrow cobblestone road as seen from Locust Street. While not inside the bounds of Old City (it is within the Washington Square West neighborhood to the southwest) this view is representative of many of the small side streets in the area.
|Location||Old city area including parts of Washington Square East Development Area and Franklin Square East Development Area, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Area||75 acres (30 ha)|
|Architectural style||Greek Revival, Italianate|
|NRHP reference No.||72000093|
|Added to NRHP||May 5, 1972|
Old City is a neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia, in the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. To tourists, it is best known as the site of Independence Hall and its encompassing Independence National Historical Park, Elfreth's Alley, Carpenters' Hall, the Betsy Ross House, and many of Philadelphia's other historic sites.
The Old City District occupies several blocks between Front and Sixth Streets, bounded by Vine Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south. The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens' Manual gives a larger set of boundaries to the Old City area, defined as the area within Spring Garden Street, 4th Street, the Delaware River, and Walnut Street. The Old City Redevelopment Area is bound by Vine Street, the Delaware River, Lombard Street and 7th Street.
The Old City Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. In 2003, it was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
Old City is home to the oldest continually inhabited street in America, Elfreth's Alley, Home to more than 3,000 people since 1702, the street today holds 32 houses built between 1728 and 1836.
Places of note
- Girard Fountain Park
- Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were drafted and signed
- Liberty Bell
- National Constitution Center
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- Penn's Landing
Many foreign governments have consulates in Old City, including Panama (124 Chestnut Street), Italy (1026 Public Ledger Building at 150 South Independence Mall West), and Mexico (111 South Independence Mall East). The Dominican Republic closed its consulate in the Lafayette Building at 437 Chestnut Street on November 7, 2005.
Historic congregations in Old City
- Christ Church (1695)
- Arch Street Meeting (1701)
- Old First Reformed Church (1727)
- Congregation Mikveh Israel (1740)
- Old St. George's Church (1767)
- St. Augustine's Church (1796)
- Seamen's Church Institute (1843)
- In National Treasure (2004), Nicholas Cage's character runs across the roof of Independence Hall.
- In Shooter (2007), Mark Wahlberg's character is set-up for the shooting of the Ethiopian archbishop at Independence Mall.
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