For history buffs & fans of Dan Brown, a tour thru the fantastic Masonic Temple at the crossroads of Broad & Market is delicious. Dedicated w/ a parade of 11,000 Masons in 1873, at a cost of a million dollars, the temple affords insight into the mysterious world of the Masons & also is a prime example of post-Civil War architecture, when Philadelphia acquired the grandeur of a European city.
Just across Broad Street is the superb collection of American art at the sumptuous Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness & at Market is the equally fantastic City Hall - two more worthwile illustrations of Philadelphia in the Gilded Age.
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