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