Saved! Preserving Old Philadelphia:

85 Years of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks

In her 1941 annual report to the members of PhilaLandmarks, our founder Frances Anne Wister, asked a simple question: 


"What will it take to educate the public to preserve landmarks?"


With all the current large-scale development projects (and demolition) going on in Philadelphia, we thought this was a good time to delve into that question once again. 


This exhibit is featured in PHM's Community History Gallery sponsored by PECO

(thru Friday, June 30th)


See how Frances Anne Wister led the way in Philadelphia's 20th century preservation movement, how a newly formed organization (PhilaLandmarks) was able to purchase and renovate the Powel House during the height of the Depression, and the impact of this early work on future urban renewal projects. The exhibit also addresses the work of modern day preservationists and current issues of concern. 

This will be an ongoing exhibit through June 2017 as part of the regular admission to the Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent

Don't forget... all PhilaLandmarks members receive FREE admission to the Philadelphia History Museum (reciprocal membership). Renew your PhilaLandmarks membership today and see this exhibit for free!

Ongoing... don't miss international artist Jenny Holzer's Truisms featured outside the Hill-Physick House as part of The Barnes Foundation's city-wide celebration Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie 

Plant Pre-Order form download HERE and for any questions about the ordering process please contact Plant Sale Chair, Donna Thomas at 215-925-9537

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Don't miss the Papertini Pop-up Shop on Saturday & Sunday inside Hill-Physick House
along with their KID-focused, low-cost workshops (terracotta pot-a-plant or build a fairy garden)... sign up QUICKLY as participation is limited to 10 kids for each event. 
Spruce Street Supper Club
Tuesday, March 28th, 6:00 PM 
Powel House
244 S Third Street
Please note 50% of ticket price will be donated directly to PhilaLandmarks! Eat well and give back!! 
Tickets available HERE

Only 24 seats are available for this intimate evening of fine dining in the same room where Samuel and Elizabeth Powel entertained the founding fathers and mothers. 

The event will start with an hour long cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception on the ground floor of the Powel House. Aaron from 13th Street Cocktails will be on site serving up a delicious signature drink. 


Following the reception, we will proceed upstairs to dine on a five-course meal prepared by chef Sydney Louise. Chef Sydney has worked at Fork and Will BYOB, and she is currently a sous chef at Kensington Quarters. In addition to culinary talent, she also has a degree in history, and the menu she put together is inspired by the history of the Powel House and other period culinary trends.

The evening’s schedule:
6 p.m.—cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7 p.m.—dinner service begins (please bring your own wine or other beverages)
9 p.m.—post-dinner tour of the Powel House

The menu:

Opening Bites + Signature Cocktail

Cape May Oysters

rhubarb mignonette, champagne


Woodlot Pork Rillettes

baguette, grape moutarde, celery


Dinner - BYOB


Wheat & Corn

clotted cream, wild berry jam, lemon curd


Local Chicories

pistachio, parsley, roasted shallot crème fraîche


Pennsylvania Fish Chowder

crispy pork belly, sunchoke, leek


Truffled Pheasant Ballotine

wild mushroom, potato-sage terrine, roasted garlic


Citrus Pavé

spiced teacake, pomegranate, frozen almond crémeux


Please note: due to the nature of this event, there are no menu substitutions and no refunds. Please let us know if you have any questions. Tickets are going to sell out quickly, so if you want to come, don’t hesitate!

Saturday, February 18th, 7PM to 8 PM

Lights Out, Everybody. Winter chills from the classic horror anthology radio program Lights Out. Two vintage Old Time Radio Dramas, performed live with original music and foley sound effects. Come and experience the wonder of live radio drama transcribed and performed as originally broadcast featuring stories written by Arch Oboler Special to Hollywood and Come To The Bank. (These stories are suspenseful, but not too scary for older children 10+)



Saturday, March 18th,  7 Pm to 8 PM


Future Worlds: Ray Bradbury On The Air. Two classic radio dramas adapted for radio by master of Science Fiction, Ray Bradbury. Come experience the wonder of live radio drama in studio as we present two extraordinary stories transcribed and performed as originally broadcast on the popular anthology series X Minus One and Dimension X. Featured episodes include Marionettes, Inc and The Veldt.



Saturday, April 8th, 7PM to 8 PM


The Show About Baseball and Taxes. It is April and that can only mean two things: 1) It is time for baseball when the boys of summer take the field with all the hope and drama that only baseball can deliver, and, 2) It is time once again to pay the tax man. Three vintage Old Time Radio Dramas, performed live with original music and foley sound effects. Come and experience the wonder of live radio drama transcribed and performed as originally broadcast. This performance features The Bickersons- The Tax Refund; Front Page Drama- Nine Striking Beauties & The Adventures of Ellery Queen- World Series Crime.



General Admission - $15.00
Child - $10.00
Theater Industry - $10.00

Powel House
244 S 3rd St,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Grand Harmonie comes to the Powel House


A collaboration with the Franklin Quartet


April 20, 2017

Grand Harmonie, Philadelphia's period string quartet The Franklin Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Julia Mintzer team up for a salon-style evening at the historic Powel House in Philadelphia's Old City. This one-of-a-kind event features food, drink, discussion, and of course music, all written by Mozart in 1776. Historical wind expert Geoffrey Burgess and music historian and archivist Jack McCarthy, both local Philadelphians, will set the stage with informative mini-lectures. Let us take you outside the concert hall to experience cultural life at the dawn of the American Revolution!

This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. 



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento K. 252 for wind sextet
Concert aria K. 255 for alto
Selections from Divertimento K. 247 for two horns and strings
Divertimento K. 251 for oboe, two horns, and strings

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Powel House
244 S 3rd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106

Purchase  tickets HERE

Facebook Event link HERE & Ticket link HERE

(Securely) Purchase Tickets HERE

Click HERE for photos from past Powel House Garden Party events

Theater at Hill-Physick: The Fortress
May 25-28 @ 7:30 PM

Purchase tickets HERE

What happens when Keaton meets Kafka?  Between high-brow philosophy and low-brow slapstick you will find The Fortress, a picaresque journey through bureaucracy, power plays, and screwball romance that seeks to combine the worldviews of two of the twentieth century's most brilliant and absurd creative minds.  Mr. Locht (Hank Curry) has come to a strange town to make a sale to the mysterious Viscount, only to find himself navigating a labyrinth of dual identities, vaudevillian double-talk, and comic chases that will either end in disaster or entrance to the Viscount's elusive Fortress...or both.  Staged inside and outside the Hill-Physick House in a uniquely immersive format, The Fortress gathers some of Philadelphia's greatest performing talent for a clown's eye view on a Kafkaesque universe. Also featuring Jennifer Summerfield who successfully produced and starred in Hedda Gabler and The Yellow Wallpaper at Hill-Physick last year.

Meet the Author Event: 
Wednesday, May 31st,
6:30- 7:30 PM
Hill-Physick House
321 S. Fourth Street
Admission is free but please RSVP to
Author Ada Calhoun visits the Hill-Physick House to discuss her "wise and lovely" (Kirkus), "graceful" (Library Journal), "laugh-out-loud funny" (Publishers Weekly) new book, Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give, an essay collection about marriage inspired by her popular New York Times Modern Love column. How have the tough questions — "Why bother getting married?",  "How do you stay married?" — changed since the Physicks struggled with the institution back in the 1800s? (and they did... site manger Suzanne Seesman will provide some interesting history on the couple.) Join us for a vibrant conversation about the joys and challenges of married life past, present, and future! Wine and snacks served. All are welcome!

Author Ada Calhoun. Photo: Jena Cumbo for the Village Voice

Grumblethorpe joins the Star Party!!

Friday, April 28 

7:30 to 10:00 PM

#GetnerdyPHL and join us for the city's biggest stargazing party (we are 1 of 28 locations around town!) This event is rain or shine... so come help us unlock the wonders of the universe!

Hint: you'll also find some of our GYVs in Hunting Park on Saturday April 22nd taking part in the festivities there... staring at 10:00 AM 

Society Hill’s 39th Annual Open House and Garden Tour 

Sunday, May 21, 2017, from 1 to 5 PM.


Tickets are now on sale for this popular self-guided tour of over ten private homes and gardens in one of our nation’s most historic neighborhoods. Each year, the Society Hill Tour offers a new selection of exceptional homes and gardens that range in style and décor from the 18th and 19th century periods to the most contemporary. The Powel House is one of the featured stops this year!


Sponsored by the Society Hill Civic Association

*tour proceeds are used for neighborhood improvement and beautification


Call 215-629-1288 to order tickets

You may download the official brochure by clicking on the PDF button

Remember every season brings a celebration! We also partner throughout the year with a number of incredible organizations to develop interesting programming for both adults and family. Be the "first to know" by signing up for our events newsletter delivered to your inbox.  
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