Program Details

Sacred Spaces Open House

December 16 / 1:00 PM - December 16 / 4:00 PM

The Shambhala Center will have tea and meditation instruction available.

Center City Residents' Association and a diverse group of Ten Rittenhouse Square houses of worship have come together to create Sacred Spaces Open House.


For local residents who walk past these buildings daily, this self guided tour will be an opportunity to enjoy historic, world class interiors and learn about the varied activities of the places of faith in our midst. 


For out of towners, the Sacred Spaces Open House provides an amenity commonly found on the continents where even the most humble houses of worship open their doors daily to tourists. Visiting all ten sites makes an easy afternoon stroll and can serve as a welcome respite to the holiday season hustle and bustle.


Center City Residents Association executive director Steve Huntington said, "We hope that projects can encourage interest in the wonderful faith communities in our neighborhood and foster cooperation among the congregations of our area."


Leaflets with a tour map and building descriptions will be available at all participating sites, courtesy of the Preservation Alliance for Great Philadelphia.


The buildings on the Sacred Spaces Open House tour are:


Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel

18th and Spruce Streets


Trinity Memorial Church

22nd and Spruce Streets


Tenth Presbyterian Church

17th and Spruce Streets


The Shambhala Center

2030 Sansom Street


First Unitarian Chruch of Philadelphia

Chestnut Street, between 21st and 22nd Streets


St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Locust Street, between 16th and 17th Streets


St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church

20th Street, between Locust and Spruce Streets


Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion

Chestnut Street, between 21st and 22nd Streets


Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square

19th and Walnut Streets


First Church of Christ Scientist

Pine Street, between 19th and 20th Streets


First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia

21st and Walnut Streets

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