text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia


Fairmount Water Works
Photo by Ben Franske

At the river's edge is the Fairmount Water Works, designed by Frederick Graff. One of the most romantic collections of buildings in Philadelphia, it is an architectural achievement. Built between 1819 and 1822, the waterworks comprise a dam, pumphouse and reservoir. Classical in feeling, the grouping of the superintendent's house, the pavilions, and the balustrades along the river form an unforgettable picture.

Fairmount Park