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List of Famous Philadelphia Buildings & Structures

Updated June 8, 2017 17.7k views190 items

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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    American Commerce Center

    The American Commerce Center was a proposed supertall skyscraper approved for construction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but cancelled due to the 2008 recession. As of 2015, the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center is under construction on the same site. At 1,510 feet tall with 63 floors, the building would have dominated the Philadelphia skyline, standing over 500 ft taller than Philadelphia's current tallest building, the Comcast Center. The office tower have stood on the 19th Street side of Arch Street, and been connected to a 473 ft, 26-story hotel tower and public plaza along the 18th Street side of the block. The connection would have consisted of a multi-story skybridge with a... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, North America
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    Aramark Tower

    Aramark Tower, formerly known as One Reading Center, is a high-rise office building located in the Center City section of Philadelphia. The building stands 412 feet tall with 32 floors and is currently the 26th-tallest building in the city. The building was originally conceived by the Reading Company while in a state of bankruptcy as a way to capitalize on its real estate holdings in Center City. Reading was granted development rights for the building along with a large parking complex in exchange for granting the city easements for developing the Jefferson Station entrance in the ground floor of the adjacent Reading Terminal. Construction soon began and the building was completed in 1984.... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1984
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    Arch Street Friends Meeting House

    The Arch Street Friends Meeting House, at 320 Arch Street at the corner of 4th Street in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends. Built to reflect Friends’ testimonies of simplicity and equality, this building is little changed after more than two centuries of continuous use. Pennsylvania founder and Quaker William Penn deeded land to the Society of Friends in 1701 to be used as a burial ground. The east wing and center of the meetinghouse was built between 1803 and 1805 according to a design by the Quaker carpenter Owen Biddle, Jr. Biddle is best known as the author of a builder’s handbook, The Young Carpenter's... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1804
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    Trocadero Theatre

    The Trocadero Theatre, opened as the Arch Street Opera House in 1870, is a historic theater in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the years, it has offered musical comedies, vaudeville and burlesque. Burlesque performer Mara Gaye performed here in the 1950s. Later still, "The Troc" was refurbished for use as an art house cinema and fine arts theatre. The building was known at various time as the Arch Street Opera House; Park Theatre; New Arch Street Opera House; Continental Theatre; Gaiety Theatre; Casino/Palace Theatre; Troc Theatre; Slocum's and Sweatman's Theatre; Sweatman's Arch Street Opera House; Simmon's & Slocum's Theatre; and Simmon's Theatre. The theater, designed by... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1870
    • Architect: Edwin Forrest Durang, George W. Plowman
    • Created By: Edwin Forrest Durang, George W. Plowman
    • Style: Victorian architecture