Located within our country’s most historic square mile, Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood was once a busy commercial waterfront district. By the early 1970’s many of its industrial and warehouse uses gave way to artists’ lofts, and a thriving arts community began to take root. The subsequent restoration and conversion of many historic industrial structures into living spaces coincided with an influx of art galleries, design firms, architects and performance groups during the 1980’s and ‘90’s.

As the success of the arts community grew, so did Old City. The new Old City is an active cultural, dining and retail district, and one of the most appealing residential neighborhoods in downtown Philadelphia. Old City offers a range of dining and accommodations, design showrooms and art galleries, inviting shops, salons and boutiques of every description with something for every taste and budget.

Old City Philadelphia is an easy walk from the Pennsylvania Convention Center & many downtown hotels. The Old City neighborhood is small enough to be seen during a brief walking tour but interesting enough to spend several days shopping and exploring its many cultural and architectural gems.

Old City Arts Association was formed in 1991 as the Old City community quickly grew to include galleries of all kinds, as well as theatre companies, artists’ cooperatives, workshops, schools, dance companies, design showrooms, and historic and cultural museums. Old City Arts Association is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and maintaining Old City as a vital meeting place for arts, culture and commerce in Philadelphia.

The Old City Experience
presented by Old City Arts Association

phone 800.555.5191 / 215.625.9200
email oldcityarts@hotmail.com
web www.oldcityarts.org

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