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Center for Architecture

1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (City Center East)
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Ranked #171 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Tours, Cultural
Owner description: The Center for Architecture is the physical venue of AIA Philadelphia's charitable work. The Center...
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Type: Tours, Cultural
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: The Center for Architecture is the physical venue of AIA Philadelphia's charitable work. The Center offers walking tours, exhibitions, lectures, and workshops on architecture, urban planning, and design. Browse our selection of unique designer gifts and books at the AIA Bookstore & Design Center, located in the Center. We are also home to the Community Design Collaborative.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I got a two-for-one ticket for this tour on Living Social. I think that it was This was a good tour that covered the blocks around City Hall. Our guide, Dan, was passionate about architecture and informative. My favorite parts of the tour were when Dan showed how architecture echoed history. For example, in the PA Academy of the Arts,... More 

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Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This was a good intro to the development of the modern city touching on the change from masonry to skyscrapers. 2 hours in length and very informative.

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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour, Emergence of a Modern Metropolis from the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, across the street from the Convention Center. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and informative.. obvious that he loved what he was doing. We learned about Philadelphia's architecture, not revolutionary history, so it's quite a nice compliment to the historic part of the city. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I attended a wedding at the COA on Valentine's day which is the perspective that my review is based. The facility contact that I worked with was a gentleman named David. He couldn't have been more accommodating or helpful throughout the set up process. The venue is a very modern open space that is suitable for smaller more intimate events,... More 

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155 reviews 155 reviews
20 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We loved the shop and the staff at the shop. The products are interesting and fun. We arranged for an architectural tour, which mean coming back to Center City Philadelphia 2 days from the first day we showed up. The tour guide had not showed up after 20 minutes. While they kindly gave our money back, they did not pay... More 

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Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
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31 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

I took the architectural walking tour of Philadelphia with a couple of friends today and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our guide, Ty, did a wonderful job of explaining the history and architecture of Philadelphia as we visited several buildings surrounding city hall. I would recommend this for any adults interested in something a little different and very well priced.

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Naples, Florida
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

i was looking for a non "colonial history tour" and had a narrow window of opportunity, and decided to take this tour even though i am not an architectural person. quite interesting and our tour guide knew of several interesting locations to get faulous bird's eye views of the city center.

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