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Powelton Village

An architectural oasis with a community mindset

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Overview

One of Philadelphia’s most beautiful best-kept secrets, lovely, leafy Powelton Village is characterized by its unmistakable mix of stately houses and quirky, colorful businesses.

In fact, the area features so many incredibly preserved examples of movements in Victorian architecture that it’s a designated historic district.

A number of individual residences are also protected by the National Register of Historic Places.

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Essential Info

Powelton Village possesses a spirit all its own, a personality bolstered by its friendly and widely diverse population. The area’s most enduring touchstones include its dedication to political activism and its healthy population of creatives, past and present. Prolific artists’ groups and dance companies flocked to the area due to the availability of former industrial spaces along Lancaster Avenue, one of the last thoroughfares in America to feature a fully operational streetcar system.

Getting Here

With Market Street as its southern border, Powelton Village is extremely accessible via SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line and the No. 10 trolley. The neighborhood is also easily walkable, bikeable or driveable especially along Lancaster Avenue, its vibrant commercial corridor.

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