Society Hill is one of Philadelphia’s most sought-after neighborhoods. While mostly residential, the community, which lies between the Delaware River on the east, 8th St. on the west, Walnut St. on the north and Lombard St. on the south, boasts a comfortable combination of restaurants, historic attractions and shops that meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.
Following an era when the neighborhood was home to a number of luminaries — Samuel Powel, the first mayor of the city after independence was declared, future first lady Dolly Todd Madison and Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko, among others — the neighborhood slipped into a state of decline by the late 19th and early 20th century. Known as the 7th Ward, the slum was populated by a mix of Jewish and African immigrants and African-Americans. Despite its slump, many of the historic buildings remained, which inspired city planners — chief among them famed Philadelphia architect Edmund Bacon — to craft a plan that would revive Society Hill and help residents rediscover the conveniences of city living. And that it did.