Enjoy 3 magnificent buildings in 3 different styles … all within 300 steps of each other
Most of us know our city is chock-full of historic Colonial buildings, such as Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall and Christ Church.
But few realize Philadelphia is home to three architectural masterpieces – as eclectic and extraordinary as you’ll find anywhere in the world – all bunched together on N. Broad Street.
What’s more, these three marvels are all designated as U.S. National Historic Landmarks.
Whether you call Robert Smith a master builder, architect or just a magnificent carpenter, one thing is clear…
If you removed his many stunning Philadelphia buildings – including 8 churches – our city would be far less beautiful and impressive.
As it is, this Scottish immigrant from a family of masons has been called the most important builder/architect in the colonies. But possibly because his last name is so common, he’s simply not that well known today.
Among the 52 projects he created in his 29-year work history, though, are some of Philadelphia’s most important buildings.
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.
No musty old buildings or artifacts untouched by human hands here. Instead, this is a flourishing, active modern parish – where members still worship under a brass chandelier (with real candles) that has hung since 1744.
Parishioners continue to be baptized at a 15th century octagonal walnut font used by William Penn in 1644. And, says senior guide and historian Neil Ronk, “The bells we rang for the Revolution will ring for a wedding tonight.”