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List of Famous Philadelphia Buildings & Structures

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Philadelphia skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Philadelphia architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Philadelphia are included on this list. Information about these Philadelphia buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Philadelphia and older historic landmarks.

Examples of buildings on this list: Independence Hall, Comcast Center and more.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Philadelphia?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Philadelphia. Famous architectural houses within the city of Philadelphia are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.
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    1818 Market Street

    1818 Market Street is a 40-story skyscraper in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building was designed by the firm Ewing Cole Cherry Brott. It was the tallest building erected in Philadelphia between the completion of City Hall in 1901 and the completion of One Liberty Place in 1987, during the period of the "gentlemen's agreement", the observation of an unofficial height restriction of the top of the hat of the statue of William Penn atop City Hall that stood for 86 years. The building is the eleventh tallest in Philadelphia. The building contains over 981,000 square feet of office space over 37 floors with six levels of parking. Its major tenants include ABN Amro, the American... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1974
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    1900 Rittenhouse Square Apartments

    The 1900 Rittenhouse Square Apartments is a historic high-rise building on Rittenhouse Square in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built 1923–1926. The 190 foot tall, 19-story building has been converted to condominiums. 1900 Rittenhouse Square was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on January 7, 1982 and February 8, 1995.... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1923
  • The Academy of Music, also known as American Academy of Music, is a concert hall and opera house located at 240 S. Broad Street between Locust and Manning Streets in the Avenue of the Arts area of Center City, Philadelphia It was built in 1855-57 and is the oldest opera house in the United States that is still used for its original purpose. Known as the "Grand Old Lady of Locust Street," the venue is the home of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. It was also home to the Philadelphia Orchestra from its inception in 1900 until 2001, when the orchestra moved to the new Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The Philadelphia Orchestra still retains ownership of the... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Opened: Jan 26 1857
    • Architect: Napoleon LeBrun, Gustavus Runge
    • Created By: Napoleon LeBrun, Gustavus Runge
    • Style: Renaissance architecture
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    Alden Park Manor

    Alden Park Manor is an apartment complex located at School House Lane and Wissahickon Avenue in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Pennsylvania, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1925