text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Print Center and Cosmopolitan Club

The Print Center

Next we journey in and out and around the corners of a series of small streets in pursuit of the charm of this part of the city. Proceed south on 16th to Latimer Street — itself a backwater, true, but a street of quaint private gardens. Although one wouldn't expect to find a distinguished art gallery here, 1614 Latimer is the home of the Print Center, a Philadelphia institution since 1915. This famous organization has more than a 1000 members from all over the world, composed of artists, collectors and others whose interest in prints has brought them together. There are shows continually throughout the year and it is extremely pleasant to stop by and browse.

The Cosmopolitan Club, a women's club with a long history of interest in the arts, politics and the humanities, has its clubrooms at 1616. Art exhibits and lectures — for members and their guests only — are held periodically.

The last garden on Latimer Street, and in many ways the most spectacular, is that of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Walkers in Philadelphia often find themselves peering into gardens, formal ones, old-fashioned ones, neglected ones, and marveling that so many green places are to be found in the heart of the city. Few are more inviting than this garden.

Cosmopolitan Club

Rittenhouse Square