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Rare Opportunity to Tour St. James the Less
April 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) has arranged for a rare opportunity to tour the church and grounds of St. James the Less (3217 West Clearfield Street, Philadelphia, 19132) on Saturday April 29 at 11 am. This remarkable 1846 church is an exact copy of an English parish church built in 1230! It was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1974 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.
The National Park Service’s official 1985 Statement of Significance reads: “This is the first example of the pure English Parish church style in America, and one of the best examples of a 19th-century American Gothic church for its coherence and authenticity of design. Its influence on the major architects of the Gothic Revival in the United States was profound.”
The Church, the surrounding Churchyard, The Wanamaker Mausoleum, and the existing work of St. James School (an amazing preservation story) are all featured on this engaging tour. Expect a few “behind the scenes” experiences!
This two-hour tour is complimentary, with the option to make a donation at the end.
The number of participants is limited; email Marianne at to register. It seems that several buses service the area from Center City, but those who are interested in carpooling – to give or receive a ride – should let Marianne know that as well.
It’s a really fantastic site off the beaten path! Please join us.