Philadelphia School of Design for Women

Address: 1346 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Neighborhood: Cabot


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Contact: 888-802-8998

Description: From 1880 to 1959 this building housed the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, the first institution of its sort in the United States. Led by numerous prominent art educators, the school graduated women who became leaders in the fields of industrial design as well as the fine arts, helping America achieve independence from European dominance. The house that formed the nucleus of the school was once the home of the noted Shakespearean actor Edwin Forrest.

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  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater

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