St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Address: 1625 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square


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Contact: (215) 735-1416

Description: In 1847 the vestry of Saint Mark’s parish commissioned architect John Notman to design a “town church” of brownstone. Mindful that his work must follow ecclesiological dictates, Notman sent his plans to the Cambridge Camden Society for approval. The result, which contains elements modeled on several English churches, is one of the nation’s finest examples of what has been termed “the archeological phase” of the Gothic Revival. The church is now surrounded by taller buildings in downtown Philadelphia, but with its stone tower and spire, this accomplished building—figuratively if not literally—still tops them all.

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