Friday, October 21, 2011

Philadelphia Bourse: Food & Shopping Along The Mall

(photos: TheHopefulTraveler)
As I walked to see another attraction in Independence Historical National Park, I was caught by the striking red terra cotta building called the Philadelphia Bourse that was along the way. Evidently if you're hungry or just in need of something to drink this is the place to go. Souvenir shops also line the halls to help lighten your wallet.

The building was completed in 1895 to serve as a commodities exchange ("bourse" is another word exchange). It is one of the first steel-framed buildings constructed but it is its distinctive look of redstone, brick and terra cotta that is quite attractive. Once the exchange closed in the 1960s, the building served as an office building. In 1979 it was renovated to include upscale retail space on the ground level. This retail use was not successful and today the merchants are geared toward tourists. The upper levels is still used for office use and is only accessed by authorized persons.

Visit for more info. The building is located across Independence Mall from the Liberty Bell Center on 5th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (year round except March to November on Sundays when hours run 11am-5pm).


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