Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Horticultural Hall

The original Horticultural Hall

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society was founded in 1827. Its most well known home was designed by Frank Miles Day in 1894 and demolished in 1917.

Frank Miles Day - Horticultural Hall

An earlier incarnation was designed by an unknown architect and served as the society's hall until it was destroyed by the fire of a nearby church on February 1st, 1881. It was later replaced by the Day design, both located next to the Academy of Music on South Broad Street.

Horticultural Hall c.1881

One of two permanent buildings constructed for America's first World's Fair, the Centennial Exposition in 1876, was Horticultural Hall, designed by Hermann J. Schwarzmann. It was influenced by London's Crystal Palace. Horticultural Hall was demolished in 1955.

Horticultural Hall - Centennial Exposition

Although none of the society's original buildings remain, their legacy lives on as the Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park, which was built on the site of the Centennial Exposition's Horticultural Hall for the Bicentennial celebration where it remains today.

North Horticultural Drive and Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Display House: Open Daily 9am - 3pm, except holidays

Horticulture Center Grounds : Open Daily, except holidays

November 1 - March 31 - Hours 8am - 5pm

April 1 - October 31 - Hours 8am - 6pm

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure the third photograph down is the second Horticultural Hall at 250 S Broad Street. It replaced the first one which burned in 1881. It, too, burned in 1893 and was in turn replaced by the Frank Miles Day building.