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The existing structure of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1855 and features an impressive Classical Revival style design that places it in stark contrast with the surrounding modern buildings. With a vast and eventful history, the church has survived periods of decline with grace and perseverance, standing tall even today. The church is truly a beautiful sight, with a design reminiscent of Greek and Roman architecture, and interiors that are beautifully decorated with elegant columns and a graceful dome, Far from being just a pretty building, the church not only continues to serve as a place of worship, it also supports a number of groups, charities and outreach programs to better the lives of not only its own, but of the community as a whole.
A Transylvanian interior creates the perfect setting for the largest collection of European folk art in the country. Members of the Romanian Folk Art Museum have organized exhibits of Romanian costumes, rugs, pottery and other decorative arts in ten states and provide a valuable cultural liaison to Romania. The museum's gift gallery features contemporary folk art, decorative items and rugs. See their website for special event information. A donation is requested.
During the day this park is alive with skateboarders, sunbathers and dog walkers; at night couples stroll on romantic walks. The natural sanctuary of lovely trees and green grass is surrounded by one of the city's most upscale eating, shopping and residential districts. Renamed Rittenhouse Square in 1825 for esteemed clockmaker and astronomer David Rittenhouse, this spot is the ideal place to take refuge from modern distractions. A few steps down the path at any of the six gates, and the noise and traffic of the city seem to disappear.
With over 200 shops and a spot on Women's Wear Daily Magazine's list of the most expensive shopping districts in America, Walnut Street is a mandatory stop for high rolling spenders. After eating at a gourmet restaurant and purchasing designer clothes, relax a the Rittenhouse Square or Washington Square. In the mood for a movie? Buy a ticket to a show at the longest-running theater in the United States, at the Walnut Street Theatre. Walnut Street eventually runs into the expansive University of Pennsylvania.
The Curtis Institute is internationally acclaimed for training aspiring musicians for careers as performing artists for more than 70 years. Only one student per instrument is selected each year. Students stage free public recitals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the school year. Special events, guest musicians, and concerts are also scheduled. Call for information on recital times and dates.
Some nights Bob Dylan plays here, some nights there's reggae, and a lot of nights there are very loud bands playing to young audiences. Some of these acts, such as Southern Culture on the Skids, are well known from college radio. This former burlesque theater holds 1,000. Upstairs, the Balcony room has a separate music schedule, usually starting late, after the show in the main room is done. Admission varies according to performance.