Architecture can tell a lot about a structure, such as the era in which it was built and how many gargoyles it takes to replace a shingle. Learn important structural nuances with this Groupon.
$7 for a Two-Hour Emergence of a Modern Metropolis Architectural Walking Tour ($15 Value)
Guides walk up to 25 guests through the architectural evolution of Philadelphia from a Gilded Age workhorse to a global city, exploring the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Victorian trappings, Wanamaker's cavernous commercial space, and the Comcast Center’s stratospheric atrium. Tours run every Saturday at 2 p.m. from December 1 through March 31 and every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 p.m. from April 1 through November 30.
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
Born out of the three core principles of public engagement, collaboration, and design excellence, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture stays true to its founding vision by connecting professionals and community leaders through activities ranging from exhibits and competitions to charitable functions and workshops. The center also reels in a wider audience with public walking tours scheduled in conjunction with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, revealing the secrets of some of the city’s most notable buildings with the help of trained guides. As a chapter of AIA Philadelphia, the center also hosts public forums between architects and community members, promoting dialogue about the importance of sustainable neighborhoods and the need for public spaces dedicated entirely to sack races.