Attraction

The Bourse

A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

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Location & Contact:

  • 111 S. Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Overview

Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall (directly across the Mall from The Liberty Bell Center), The Bourse offers a convenient resting spot for sightseers.

The 105-year-old Victorian building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bourse is currently under renovation but will offer an array of tasty eats from local artisanal vendors upon its reopening.

The History

The concept of The Bourse — meaning a “place of exchange” — was brought to Philadelphia in 1890 by George E. Bartol, a prosperous Philadelphia grain and commodities exporter.

The Philadelphia Bourse Building, the first commodities exchange in the United States, was completed in 1895. The building was one of the first steel-framed buildings to ever be constructed.

Kaiserman Company, Inc. purchased The Philadelphia Bourse Building in 1979, renaming it “The Bourse” and adapting it as a retail and office complex.

Celebrating more than 100 years as a center for commerce and trade, The Bourse is now undergoing a massive restoration and will reopen as a destination for artisanal food from local vendors.

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