An inventory of cultural landmarks found within the borders of the City of Philadelphia.
Flick is an online, interactive photo database, where users can search for photographs by thematic descriptors and locations through the mapping application. Thematic descriptors include mood/visual keywords, tags, and account names of photographers, collectors, or other viewers who upload photos to the database. Photo-data is also accessible to users through a feed (RSS) that yields recent, exportable photo uploads, and an API. With free registration, users can also upload their own photos, create profiles, edit, comment, and participate in forum/group culture.
The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network contains geographic materials connected to the history of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the City of Philadelphia. The available resources include aerial photographs, city directories, atlases, surveys, property maps, topographical maps, and transportation maps. An interactive map viewer enables users to view layers of historic maps at various transparencies in conjunction with a current streets overlay.
The historic maps in the map viewer are available as tile services for appropriate projects - contact the project for further information.
An inventory compiled by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia containing all the known African American historic sites in Philadelphia. Data fields for each site include Site Name, Address, Neighborhood, Significance, Site Type, Date Built, and Architect. This inventory of 400+ structures includes churches, schools, businesses, homes, clubs, benevolent associations, and more.
Founded as William Penn’s “Holy Experiment,” Philadelphia has a centuries-long history of fostering and constructing prominent houses of worship throughout the city. In recent decades, as congregations face declining membership and shifting neighborhood demographics, these historically- and architecturally-significant properties have often suffered from deferred maintenance, insensitive alterations, and partial or complete demolition.
Advocacy organizations like the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and Partners for Sacred Places have focused on this issue for years, highlighting the threats to Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and communities if these structures continue to be abandoned or lost. Over the summer of 2011, in order to more fully understand and address the issue, the Preservation Alliance partnered with Philadelphia Historical Commission and Partners for Sacred Places to develop a comprehensive index of historic churches covering the entire city. Compiling, verifying, and updating data from a number of different sources, University of Pennsylvania graduate student Molly Lester assembled a database which includes every purpose-built house of worship constructed in the city before 1960.
Data elements include: current congregation, original congregation, address, year of construction, original architect and whether or not the build is on the Philadelphia or National Historic Registers.
Mid-century modern architecture and buildings of the recent past are enjoying a resurgence of appreciation and interest nationwide, but here in Philadelphia, our eclectic collection of postwar buildings is often overlooked. To help identify and celebrate these emerging landmarks, the Preservation Alliance is compiling a list of notable structures built within the city between 1945 and 1980. The inclusion of a building in this inventory does not imply endorsement of it for designation or other purposes, nor does its absence imply a lack of significance. Rather, the list is meant to illustrate the breadth and depth of design from an era often overshadowed by earlier periods and styles.
An RSS feed of events occurring on Friday evenings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the Art After 5 program. The entertainment includes international music and jazz music on certain Fridays.
An RSS feed of information related to exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
DHCD’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Program offers community-based non-profit organizations the opportunity to lead and engage neighborhood residents in activities that support the City’s core objectives.
Now & Then provides access to historic and contemporary photographs of Philadelphia. When accessed via a location-aware web browser, the app loads photographs taken near the user’s location. Historic photographs are from the PhillyHistory.org database. Contemporary photographs are from Panaramio.com.
Explore Philadelphia’s most popular open geographic data in one easy to use mapping tool. This tool was built by the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology’s CityGeo team.
Locations and basic information on public art that is part of the Percent for Art program. Updated as needed.
An online database of architectural and historical information and images for 35,000+ structures, 110,000 images+ images and maps and biographies of 5,000+ architects in the 5 county region around Philadelphia. Development was a collaboration between private, academic, and public entities led by the Athenæum of Philadelphia.
Listing and RSS feed of upcoming events listed on The Philadelphia Dance Calendar including dance events within arts festivals, independent and/or local productions, and performances featuring contemporary styles and multi-cultural dance traditions. Users may search the listings by date, keyword, location, category, and whether or not it is a recurring event.
Listing and RSS feed of upcoming dance classes listed on The Philadelphia Dance Class Calendar. Users may search the listings by date, keyword, location, category, and whether or not it is a recurring event.
The Philadelphia Dance Directory contains a list of dance related organizations in the greater Philadelphia area. The listings can be searched by keyword, location, or category. RSS feeds are available for the newest listings, featured listings, most popular listings, and most discussed listings. Users can also create custom feeds based on their search criteria.
Philadelphia Public Art @philart.net includes photographs, descriptive information, and location information for artwork in Philadelphia. The artwork can be browsed by title, artist, year, people, landmark, architecture, size, content, tours, and exhibits. A search function is also available. An RSS feed provides information on new entries and images updates to the database. The site is not affiliated with any non-profit, public, or governmental arts organization.
Historic districts listed on the Philadelphia Register. Data was updated by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission in August 2017. The public can confirm a property’s historic status by contacting the Historical Commission at 215-686-7660.
You can also download a dataset of the Historic sites.
Historic sites listed on the Philadelphia Register. Data was updated by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission in July 2017. The public should confirm a property’s historic status by contacting the Historical Commission at 215-686-7660.
You can also download a dataset of the Historic districts.
Vital Statistics tables that contain aggregate metrics on the mortality (deaths) of Philadelphia residents. Included in these datasets are mortality metrics by planning district or citywide. You can find natality (births) metrics, and social determinants of health metrics at the city and planning district levels of geography as well. Population metrics are provided at the city, planning district, and census tract levels of geography. Please refer to this technical notes document to access detailed technical notes and variable definitions.
Vital Statistics tables that contain aggregate metrics on the natality (births) of Philadelphia residents. Included in these datasets are natality metrics by planning district or citywide. You can find mortality (deaths) metrics, and social determinants of health metrics at the city and planning district levels of geography as well. Population metrics are provided at the city, planning district, and census tract levels of geography. Please refer to the metadata links below for variable definitions and this technical notes document to access detailed technical notes about the datasets.
Population metrics are provided at the census tract, planning district, and citywide levels of geography.
You can find related vital statistics tables that contain aggregate metrics on natality (births) and mortality (deaths) of Philadelphia residents as well as social determinants of health metrics at the city and planning district levels of geography. Please refer to the metadata links below for variable definitions and this technical notes document to access detailed technical notes and variable definitions.
Social determinants of health metrics at the city and planning district levels of geography. Please refer to the metadata links below for variable definitions and this technical notes document to access detailed technical notes and variable definitions.
You can find related vital statistics tables that contain aggregate metrics on vital events, including natality (births) metrics and mortality (deaths) by planning district or citywide. Population metrics are provided at the city, planning district, and census tract levels of geography.
PhilaPlace is an online interactive database of both contemporary and historical multimedia record, including personal/neighborhood stories, photography, and video, of individuals and communities in the Old Southwark and Greater Northern Liberties Areas. Users can search locations (neighborhoods, streets) and set thematic parameters to learn more about events, businesses and people who were memorable to the different communities. Entries in the database are visualized as feature markers in an interactive map tool, accompanying the search. PhilaPlace was developed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Searchable database of upcoming cultural, entertainment, and sporting event/attraction information, including admission price, date/time, venue, and organization name.
A JSON API is also available but requires an API key. Please contact the Maintainer (see below) in order to request an API key.
PhillyHistory.org is an online database of historic photographs and maps from the Philadelphia City Archives and four additional area institutions. A project of the City of Philadelphia Department of Records, the database contains images dating back to the 1850s and can be searched by geographic criteria such as address, intersection, place name, and neighborhood as well as keyword, date, collection, topics, and other criteria. Images and maps are associated with a location using the database’s geocoding feature. Users can create a free account to save images, bookmark searches, and submit error reports.
The City of Philadelphia’s ArcGIS Online organization that hosts references to open data releases as feature services and AGO map applications shared with the public. Maintained by the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology’s CityGeo team.
This data describes proposals for future monuments collected from Philadelphia residents and visitors to during Monument Lab events. Each proposal was transcribed and analyzed by the Monument Lab team, and is identified with the location of the proposed monument.
A feed on current and upcoming performances, featuring in the Theater Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s events calendar. Feed includes event information on description, venue location, run dates, performance start times, and ticket prices.
WeWorkInPhilly is a community-edited guide to the People, Companies, Groups, Projects, Products, and Resources that make up the creative, technology, and business community in Philadelphia. The project, launched in July 2011 as a joint effort across the local tech community, is “owned by none and supported by all.”