Society Hill

History

As a neighborhood in Philadelphia’s Center City district, Society Hill has a very special place in Philadelphian and American history.  Named after the 18th century Free Society of Traders, Society Hill was home to several important market halls, civic buildings and even Independence Hall.  Given its close proximity to these important destinations, Society Hill quickly became the most populous area of Philadelphia.

During the 19th century, as the city began expanding westward, Society Hill became less popular amongst Philadelphians.  Houses became abandoned and started to deteriorate.  It wasn’t until the 1950’s, during one of the first waves of urban renewal that swept through Philadelphia, when the city restored many of the original historical structures.

The Community Today

Society Hill is known for its charming, cobblestone streets and Federal and Georgian style brick row houses that line the streets.  In all of the United States, Society Hill contains the highest volume of original 18th and 19th century architecture.  For being a Center City neighborhood, residents enjoy both a quaint neighborhood and a bustling nightlife.

Transportation

Society Hill is conveniently located close to SEPTA’s Market Frankford subway, giving access to West and North Philadelphia.  It is also within walking distance to Philadelphia’s Center City business district.