Philadelphia Register of Historic Places

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The Philadelphia Register of Historic Places (PRHP) is a register of historic places by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Buildings, structures, sites, objects, interiors and districts can be added to the list.[1]


According to the Philadelphia Historical Commission, sites eligible for listing are those that possess any of the following:[2]

  1. Has significant character, interest or value as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of the City, Commonwealth or Nation or associated with the life of a person significant in the past.
  2. Associated with an event of importance to the history of the City, Commonwealth or Nation.
  3. Reflects the environment in an era characterized by a distinctive architectural style.
  4. Embodies distinguishing characteristics of an architectural style or engineering specimen.
  5. Is the work of a designer, architect, landscape architect or designer, or engineer whose work has significantly influenced the historical, architectural, economic, social, or cultural development of the City, Commonwealth or Nation.
  6. Contains elements of design, detail, materials or craftsmanship which represent a significant innovation.
  7. Is part of or related to a square, park or other distinctive area which should be preserved according to a historic, cultural or architectural motif.
  8. Represents an established and familiar visual feature of the neighborhood, community or City.
  9. Has yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in pre-history or history.
  10. Exemplifies the cultural, political, economic, social or historical heritage of the community.

Properties listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places may also be recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, be listed as a National Historic Landmark, or listed as a contributing property in a National Historic District.

Philadelphia Historical Commission[edit]

The Philadelphia Historical Commission is the city agency[3] responsible for overseeing the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic resources including buildings, structures, sites, objects, interiors and districts.[4]

Current listings[edit]

The lists below contain properties on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places:

Properties listed in the register by name[edit]

Properties that do not have an official address as assigned by Philadelphia's Office of Property Assessment (OPA).[5]

Name Image Location Description
Arnest Mansion (demolished)
Bachelors Barge Club DrexelCrew.png 6 Boathouse Row
39°58′9″N 75°11′13″W / 39.96917°N 75.18694°W / 39.96917; -75.18694 (Bachelors Barge Club)
Mediterranean-style boathouse built in 1894.
Bartram House with Garden and dependencies Bartram House May 2002c.jpg
Belmont Mansion WTP A11 Techserv 1.jpg
Benjamin Franklin Bridge 2012 Ben Franklin Bridge and Race Street Pier.jpg
Blue Bell Tavern
Boelson Cottage Boelson Cottage, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, 187980pu.tif
Cedar Grove Mansion Cedar Grove Mansion.jpg
Chamounix Mansion Chamounix.JPG
College Boat Club CollegeBC2010.jpg
Crescent Boat Club Crescent72.png
Dickens and Little Nell Statue Dickens and Nell Philly.JPG Clark Park
39°56′55″N 75°12′34″W / 39.9486°N 75.2094°W / 39.9486; -75.2094
One of only two life-sized sculptures of Charles Dickens. He had requested there not be any public memorials to him.[6]
Dream Garden Glass Mosaic Dream garden.jpg
Dunning Coaches' Center 231 S. 33rd St.
University of Pennsylvania
East Park Canoe House
Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, main gate.jpg
Fairmount Rowing Association FairmountRA2010.jpg
Fairmount Water Works Fairmount Water Works LOC 314409cu.jpg
Fort Mifflin Mifflin Soldiers' Barracks01.png
Founders Memorial Bell The John Wanamaker Memorial Founder's Bell
Frankford Avenue Bridge Frankford-Avenue-Bridge.jpg
Glen Fern/Livezey House Geln fern Livezey house.jpg
Greenland (demolished)
Hall-Wiley House (demolished)
Hatfield House Hatfield House Philly.JPG Girard Ave. & 33rd St.
Hermitage A590, Hermitage Mansion, Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017 - 9959.jpg ~700 Hermit Ln.
Horse Trough at 300 Bainbridge St
Horse Trough at 147 N 2nd St Fireman's Hall Museum 147 N 2nd Street.jpg Fireman's Hall Museum
39°57′11.68″N 75°8′35.09″W / 39.9532444°N 75.1430806°W / 39.9532444; -75.1430806 (Fireman's Hall Museum)
Horse Trough at 315 S 9th St Water trough 9th St. Philly.JPG
Horse Trough at 615 S Washington Sq
Horse Trough at 312 Arch St
Krewstown Road House Eaton-Henderson House
Laurel Hill Mansion A569, Laurel Hill Mansion, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017.jpg
Lemon Hill Mansion A586, Lemon Hill Mansion, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017.jpg
Malta Boat Club Vesper-Malta2010.jpg
Manayunk Canal structures
Memorial Hall A571, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017.jpg
Morgan Building University of Pennsylvania
Mount Pleasant Mansion WTP A14 youcanlookitup 2.jpg
Music Building University of Pennsylvania
New Market Headhouse WTP C14 AMP 1.jpg
Ohio House Ohio House Fairmount Philly.JPG
Ormiston Mansion Fairmount Park 040.jpg
Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association PennAC2010.jpg
Pennsylvania Barge Club Pennsylvania Barge Club.jpg
Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial 30thStreetStation-AngelOfTheResurrection.jpg
Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club Philadelphia Girls RC 2010.jpg
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Art Museum.jpg
Plaisted Hall (demolished) 1 Boathouse Row Replaced by Lloyd Hall.
Ridgeland Mansion A576, Ridgeland Mansion, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017.jpg 4200 Chamounix Dr.
39°59′33″N 75°12′37″W / 39.9926°N 75.2102°W / 39.9926; -75.2102 (Ridgeland (Mount Prospect))
Rittenhouse House Rittenhouse homestead.jpg 207 Lincoln Dr. (approx.)
Rittenhouse Town 206 Lincoln Dr. (approx.)
Rittenhouse Town 208 Lincoln Dr. (approx.)
Rittenhouse Town 209 Lincoln Dr. (approx.)
Rittenhouse Town 210 Lincoln Dr. (approx.) Includes barn.
Rockland Mansion Fairmount Park 036.jpg 3810 Mount Pleasant Dr.
Rodin Museum Philly042107-009-RodinMuseum.jpg
Sedgeley Club Turtle Rock Light.jpg
Sedgeley Porter's House A575, Porters House, Sedgeley Mansion, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017.jpg
Smith Memorial Playhouse Phila SmithPlaygroundl12.JPG
Strawberry Mansion WTP A13 youcanlookitup 1.jpg
Swann Memorial Fountain Swann Memorial Fountain-night.jpg
Sweetbriar Mansion WTP A15 youcanlookitup 1.jpg
The Cliffs A564, The Cliffs Mansion, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017.jpg Ruins since a fire on February 22, 1986.
The Lilacs
The Monastery Monestary Philly.JPG
The Solitude THE SOLITUDE, PHILADELPHIA, PA.jpg 1784–85; original owner and architect was John Penn, grandson of William Penn[7]
Thomas Mill Covered Bridge Thomas Mill Covered Bridge.JPG
Undine Barge Club Undine2010.jpg
University Barge Club University72.png
Valley Green Inn A591, Valley Green Inn, Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017 - 9969.jpg
Vesper Boat Club Vesper72.png
Walnut Lane Bridge Walnut Lane Bridge (cropped).jpg Spans Wissahickon Creek.
Walnut Lane Bridge Walnut Lane Bridge 1950-51 (cropped).jpg Spans Lincoln Drive and Monoshone Creek.
Wanamaker Eagle WanamakerBuilding1.jpg Wanamaker Building
S.E. corner Broad & Market Streets
39°57′5.98″N 75°9′43.81″W / 39.9516611°N 75.1621694°W / 39.9516611; -75.1621694 (Wanamaker Building)
At Grand Court.
Washington Fountain Washington Monument-Philadelphia-27527.jpg
Weightman Hall FranklinField.JPG N.E. corner 33rd & Spruce Streets
University of Pennsylvania
Franklin Field Complex.
William Penn Inn 2 locations: P.O. Box 6, Rte 202 & Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd, PA 19436 and 533 Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096 Historic inn and catering venue
Wissahickon Hall Police District 92.
Wissahickon Memorial Bridge HenryAvenueBridge.jpg Carries Henry Avenue across the Wissahickon Creek; aka Henry Avenue Bridge.
Woodford Mansion A583, Woodford Mansion, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017.jpg
WPA Murals Family Court Building Philadelphia.jpg 1801 Vine St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 37 murals located in the Family Court Building;[8] building is being converted to a hotel[9]

Properties listed in the register by address[edit]

(The complete list contains over 11,000 sites.[10])

Name Image Location Description
1616 Walnut Street Building 1616 Walnut.JPG 1616–26 Walnut St.
Belgravia Hotel Belgravia Philly.JPG 1811–19 Chestnut St.
Boyd Theatre 1910 Chestnut St.
Carpenter Station Carpenter Lane SEPTA.JPG 201 Carpenter Ln.
Centennial National Bank WTP A03 dthomsen8 1.jpg 3140–42 Market St. The bank of the Centennial Exposition. It was designed by the renowned architect Frank Furness.
Church of St. Luke and The Epiphany St Luke Epiphany HABS angle.jpg 318–30 S. 13th St.
Drake Hotel Drake Hotel Philly.JPG 1512–14 Spruce St.
Gravers Station Graver Lane SEPTA.JPG 300 E. Gravers Ln.
Greenwood Cemetery GreenwoodSign.jpg 930 Adams Ave.
Guild House Venturi Guild House.jpg 711–39 Spring Garden St.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel PSFSBuilding1985.jpg 1200 Market St. Philadelphia Savings Fund Society building
Carl Mackley Houses Mackley NE Philly.JPG 1401 E. Bristol St.
Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home A J Reach building Philly.JPG 1818–20 Chestnut St.
Wetherill Mansion Phila Art Alliance.jpg 251 S. 18th St.
The Philadelphia Club Philadelphia Club 1301 Walnut St August 1916.jpg 1301–03 Walnut St.
Philadelphia Sketch Club Camac street Philadelphia.jpg 233–37 S. Camac St.
Ruan House Ruan House B Philly.JPG 4278 Griscom St.
Sun Oil Building Sun Oil Building Philly.JPG 1608–14 Walnut St.
The Touraine Tourain Philadelphia.JPG 1520–28 Spruce St.
Tulpehocken Station Tulpehocken Station.jpg 314 W. Tulpehocken St.
Union Bank of Philadelphia Building Corn Exchange National Bank & Trust Company Building Philadelphia.jpg 249–53 Arch St. The building was used to house the cast of The Real World: Philadelphia in 2004–05.
United States Custom House Customs House, Philadelphia.jpg 200–32 Chestnut St.
Wissahickon Wissahickon Apts Philly.JPG 5215–31 Schuyler St.

Historic districts[edit]

Historic districts listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places:[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philadelphia Register of Historic Places: Register". Philadelphia Historical Commission. Retrieved 03-06-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Philadelphia Register of Historic Places: Designation". Philadelphia Historical Commission. Archived from the original on 2006-10-05. Retrieved 03-06-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  4. ^ "Philadelphia Historical Commission". City of Philadelphia Historical Commission. Retrieved 03-06-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "PRHP: List of properties without official addresses" (PDF). Philadelphia Historical Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 9, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ Malkin, Bonnie (14 March 2011). "Rare Charles Dickens statue restored to Sydney park after 40 years missing". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Solitude, also known as: John Penn House; Philadelphia Zoological Gardens Offices (1874)". The Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia website. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Ufberg, Max (2014-06-25). "The New Life Of The Old Family Court (And Its Murals)". Hidden City Philadelphia. Retrieved 2017-12-27. 
  9. ^ Adelman, Jacob (31 January 2017). "Family Court hotel project on the Parkway gets boost from renovation-plan action". Retrieved 2017-12-27. 
  10. ^ "PRHP: List of properties with OPA-compliant addresses" (PDF). Philadelphia Historical Commission. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  11. ^ "PRHP: List of historic districts". Philadelphia Historical Commission. Retrieved 03-07-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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