History Behind The Walls At Hawthorne Hall

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Hidden within an ornate apartment block in the Powelton Village sits Hawthorne Hall. First built in 1895, this stunning hall was used for shows, meetings, dances and boxing matches hosted by fraternal organizations such as the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and the Irish National Foresters.

After being closed for decades, Hawthorne Hall re-opened its doors and earned its spot in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1984. Last used as a church, it is now home to artistic pieces inspired by the hall’s rich history. Rachel Hildenbrant is a tour guide at Hawthorne Hall and led us on a walking tour to get a rare inside look, instantly transporting us to a rustic era.

But which section of the hall do visitors find the most fascinating? Check out the video to find out.

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