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Arch Street Meeting House, Philadelphia

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4.5/5 based on 30 reviews on the web
The Arch Street Friends Meeting House, at 320 Arch Street at the corner of 4th Street in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Built to reflect Friends’ testimonies of simplicity and equality, this building is little changed after more than two centuries of continuous use.Pennsylvania founder and Quaker William Penn deeded land to the Society of Friends in 1701 to be used as a burial ground. The east wing and center of the meetinghouse was built between 1803 and 1805 according to a design by the Quaker carpenter Owen Biddle, Jr. Biddle is best known as the author of a builder’s handbook, The Young Carpenter's Assistant, published in 1805. The building was enlarged in 1810–11, with the addition of the west wing. Architects Walter Ferris Price and Morris & Erskine also contributed to the design and construction of the building. The firm Cope & Lippincott renovated the interior of the east wing and designed the two-story addition behind the center building in 1968–69.Today, the Meeting House continues to be a center for worship and the activities of the Monthly, and Yearly Meetings of Friends.Notable members of the Religious Society of Friends who worshiped at this meetinghouse include abolitionist and suffragist Lucretia Mott. Edward Hicks, the noted painter and cousin of Elias Hicks, also attended meeting here.
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  • To take a break on the hike, we stopped here where we have 3 quakeros chatting and singing, fu an entertaining break.
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  • We had no problem walking right in and were the only ones inside. We asked questions of the attendent, who was very kind answering them and knowledgable. This is right across the street from Ben Frank...  read more »
  • Stopped in with my teens while in Philly - about a block or two away from the Betsy Ross House. They have seen all the big "touristy" spots so we went to the not so popular spots like this still activ...  read more »
  • Very interesting historic place. Great actors that are also historians.
  • Enjoyed visiting here with the volunteer who told us about the neat history of this place and the people who worshiped there.
  • Well worth a visit, right in the heart of historic Old City. It's a great way to learn about the present-day Society of Friends (Quakers) along with the rich history of Quakers in Philadelphia. And it's a beautiful building.
  • Visited the Arch Street Meeting House for the first time last saturday. The building is beautiful and very peaceful, something to see for anyone interested in Philadelphia's rich history.
  • If you don't know anything about Quakerism its a great example of a meeting house, and in the middle of everything.
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