Arch Street Friends Meeting House

Address: 320 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Neighborhood: Old City


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Contact: 215.413.1804

Description: The Arch Street Meeting House was designed in 1803-04 by a Quaker named Owen Biddle Jr. The meetinghouse is an example of the Georgian architectural style and it incorporates a simple or plain Quaker design. The East Room and central meeting space were built in 1804 and the West Room followed in 1811. Since 1682, the property located at 320 Arch Street has been actively and continuously used by Quakers and the community. In 2011, Arch Street Meeting House became a National Historic Landmark and the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust was formed.

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