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Architecture Walking Tour: Around Washington Square

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

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  • Saturday July 7th 2012

Meet at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, center of Washington Square

Walk around one of William Penn's original planned public parks. Learn how this square served as a burial ground for over 1,200 Revolutionary War soldiers, then as a potter's field before receiving its present name in 1825. See The Athenaeum, the first Italian Renaissance building in the US, and learn how the Square became home to the publishing industry in the early 20th century. Today, many of the former office buildings are being transformed into residences as Washington Square serves as an important gateway to the nearby residential Society Hill neighborhood.


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