Celebrate the architectural and urban design accomplishments of Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Center for Architecture’s latest cool walking tour, Emergence of a Modern Metropolis.
Each Saturday through March 2013, this two-hour city circuit explores elements of Philadelphia’s structural evolution from its historical beginnings to its contemporary additions.
Focal points include the Victorian interior of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Wanamaker’s, the city’s first department store; and the atrium of the tallest skyscraper in the city, the Comcast Center.
For design enthusiasts, this tour also provides insight and invites discussion about the significance of preserving antique aesthetics while revitalizing buildings and neighborhoods with fresh styles and green practices.
Tickets are available online.
Emergence Of A Modern Metropolis Walking Tour
When: Saturdays through March at 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, April through October, 2 p.m.
Where: Center For Architecture, 1218 Arch Street
Cost: $15 adults, $5 children under 12
More info: www.philadelphiacfa.org