Why I Love Philadelphia, Part 2

The old houses!!!  I love to walk the streets, just looking.

Philly has way more surviving 18th century buildings than New York does, many open to the public. Among my favorites: the Powel House, below, on Third Street, where Philadelphia’s Revolutionary-era mayor entertained in an aqua dining room with orange silk curtains (and you thought the colonies were drab!)

I adore Society Hill‘s 19th century row houses. Some, like the one below, were made of two-tone brick for a checkerboard effect.


The whole city has more shutters than we’re used to seeing in NYC, and residents go all out with flowering window boxes in season.  Totally charming.

Philaelphia is studded with architectural curiosities, like the 1728 home of John Bartram, below, a botanist who had a thriving mail-order nursery. It’s an eccentric mix of Colonial and Greek Revival, built by Bartram himself on the Schuykill River, about 15 minutes south of today’s Center City.

Just scratching the surface here…

About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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4 Responses to Why I Love Philadelphia, Part 2

  1. danmihalache says:

    I don’t know if it’s the merit of “Philly” as you say and it’s buildings or of photographer, but I like the photos (and I’m architect).
    Best regards,
    Dan, Romania, http://danmihalache.wordpress.com

  2. cara says:

    Hellooooo, Romania! Thanks for your comment, Dan – lots more photos of old houses to come, so keep checking!

  3. What a great blog, Cara!!! I love your breezy style & outlook!! How about looking at some of the gardens attached to the houses?

  4. cara says:

    Just wait till spring….then you’ll see some gardens – formal gardens, cottage gardens, kitchen gardens – I promise!

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