Philadelphia skyline

Philadelphia has 4 of our favorite historical spots in the US

Architecture is like experiencing actual history in physical form. You get to explore the same spaces that previous generations have enjoyed or even helped to build. And if you happen to be around Philadelphia, you truly can’t miss these landmarks!

Vanna Venturi House

Vanna Venturi house

A staple of avant-garde straight from the sixties. Any design or architecture fan can’t miss the chance of taking a look at Robert Venturi’s daring creation. The American architect intended to break free from some of the conventions of Modernism, like glass walls and columns, to go back to basics.

Making an exciting contrast with its surroundings, the Vanna Venturi House is located in Northwest Philadelphia’s most successful real estate neighborhood: Chestnut Hill.

Reading Terminal Market

Market entry sign

More than 125 years old and still going strong. Founded in 1893, Reading Terminal Market is the place to grab a perfect bite. This food bazaar offers a wide range of products from local and international cuisine: artisanal cheeses, handmade Amish pretzels, and none other than Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.

Design-wise, its high turn-of-the-century shed was conceived as an extension of Reading Railroad Company’s train station. Although the market only occupies the basement and ground levels of the whole complex, some of the metal finishes in the roof are a reminder of its industrial origins.

Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation from a distance
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The city’s youngest wonder. Built in 2012 to house Albert C. Barnes’s art collection, this luminous horizontal structure immediately attracted the world’s gaze. It won the American Institute of Architects 2013 award, and in less than ten years, it’s already a design referent for its use of stone, light, and greenery.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Museum of Art at night

We had to wrap it up with a classic. You can tell a city’s personality by walking through its museums, and the Museum of Art definitely speaks for Philly’s place in history. A work of Horace Trumbauer and Julian Abele, this iconic building is an example of classic Western architecture.

Besides its beautiful plaza, the entrance’s 72 stone steps are arguably the most famous stairway in American movie history.

Do you like these buildings as much as we do? Philadelphia is quite the place when it comes to real estate and architecture!