All posts by Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy, a freelance direct response copywriter, has run his own marketing consulting business since 2004. He’s also a certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides.

The PSFS Building

There’s much more to this deceptively simple, skyscraper with the famous neon sign than meets the eye. It’s timeless! “The PSFS Building is one of the city’s most important buildings,” claims Ken Hinde, former director of the […]

The Library Company of Philadelphia

If you’re looking for books, prints, periodicals, photos or ephemera from Colonial America through the 19th century, this is the place to go! Like so many things in our city, the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) […]

The African American Museum of Philadelphia

At the African American Museum, you’ll meet a “Who’s Who” of remarkable Americans many of us know little about.

The Acadian Connection

Longfellow’s popular poem Evangeline still has people searching for the tombs of the Acadian heroine and her lost lover Gabriel in Philadelphia – even though they’re fictional characters!

The Magnificent Masonic Temple

Inside are seven spectacular halls representing different cultures and styles – each one more dazzling than the last. The building is an architectural tour de force.

Captain Gustavus Conyngham, USN, King George III’s Worst Nightmare

This daring Errol-Flynn-type character terrorized English ships, capturing more vessels than Commodore John Barry and Captain John Paul Jones combined.

Reading Terminal Market

A venerable institution that almost went out of business some 30 to 35 years ago, Reading Terminal Market is still fighting the good fight today.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

According to Jim Murphy, this one-of-a-kind creation should be #1 on every Philadelphian’s bucket list.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

This historic special-collections library and museum on Washington Square welcomes residents and tourists alike.

The Dream Garden

The Dream Garden

If you’re traveling anywhere in center city near Independence Hall, take a few minutes and treat yourself to The Dream Garden.

City Hall

Whether you love it or hate it –Philadelphia’s remarkable City Hall is unique, impressive and a world leader in several categories.

Christ Church

With a soaring 196-foot steeple that towers over newer structures nearby, Christ Church is both a spectacular historic building … and living history at its best.