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Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free
Underground Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

This free program will take place inside the church sanctuary, followed by a reception in Riverside Hall with live piano music provided by the Jazz Sanctuary. For a modest donation, enjoy gourmet cheesecake by a local pastry chef, paired with moscato wine, coffee or tea.

Details

Date:
September 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Venue

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church
916 S Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
Phone:
215-389-1513
Website:
http://www.old-swedes.com

Organizer

Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation
Phone:
215-389-1513
Email:
preserveoldswedes@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.preserveoldswedes.org

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