Bicentennial city : walking tours of historic Philadelphia / John Francis Marion.
- Other Title:
- Historic Philadelphia
- Princeton [N.J.] : Pyne Press ; [New York] : [Distributed by Scribner], ©1974.
xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Tours.
Walking -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Guidebooks.
Historic buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Guidebooks.
Architecture -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Guidebooks.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Guidebooks.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Description and travel -- Guidebooks.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History.
- Place of Publication:
- United States New Jersey Princeton.
- Bicentennial City, one of the newest in the growing number of guides to Philadelphia, is a chatty, relaxed book. Mr. Marion goes about his business of advising readers what to see and how to find it, with a note on hours and fees where pertinent, much in the manner of a latter-day Christopher Morley urging the delights of city walking upon us all. There can be no doubt that the only way to discover the quality of a city, to understand its structure, its moods, to find its hidden treasures is to go about it on foot. Walking, once almost a lost art, is again coming into vogue along with our renewed appreciation of cities as visual records of the lives, ambitions, and achievements of the men and women who were here before us [...]. To help Philadelphians and visitors to Philadelphia discover the pleasures of strolling through his city, Mr. Marion has divided his book into walkable segments, provided a keyed map for each and a commentary on the neighborhood, its buildings, their furnishings and owners. Along the way, he gossips about people, theorizes about society's rules and customs, and offers his somewhat romantic explanations for objects like amity buttons and "whispering" closets. -- From https://www.jstor.org (Oct. 9, 2017).
- The most historic square mile in the United States
North of Market Street
A glimpse of Society Hill
Deep in the heart of Southwark
A long stroll through Washington Square West
From City Hall South to Pine Street
Center City and around Rittenhouse square
West Philadelphia: In particular, University City
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Past and present meet in Fairmount Park
Upper Germantown from Cliveden to Vernon Park
Lower Germantown from Market Square to Stenton.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-202) and index.
- Penn Provenance:
- Lee, Ruth Sara (donor) (Lee Collection copy)
Lee, Charles (autograph) (Lee Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Charles Lee Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
- Other format:
- Online version: Marion, John Francis. Bicentennial city.
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