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FringeArts Historic Building Tour

Get to know the history behind the FringeArts building.


140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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Mondays at 5:30pm*
Upcoming tours: Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18**, Mar 25, Apr 1, Apr 8, Apr 15, May 6, May 13, May 20***, Jun 3, Jun 10 

Curious about what goes on behind the scenes at FringeArts? Interested in learning more about the history of our converted theater and restaurant? Join us for our Historic Building Tours at FringeArts!

In 1903, Philadelphia became home to the first High Pressure Fire System (HPFS). Water was pumped through independent mains and red fire hydrants located on sidewalks around the city. These fire plugs had the power to launch a two-inch stream 230 feet vertically at a moment’s notice. All of these plugs were connected to one central location: a high pressure pumping station on Columbus Blvd at Race Street, currently known as FringeArts headquarters. Decommissioned in 2005, HPFS had led to a decline in fire losses and insurance premiums and served as the backbone to the Philadelphia Fire Department for over a century. Today, the words “High Pressure Fire Service” are still on our building, and there are over 900 defunct fire hydrants spread between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers from Girard Avenue to South Street.

But this isn’t your average historic building tour. Get an inside look into the building as it stands now, a performing arts venue featuring theater and studio spaces as well as a restaurant, La Peg. This is your chance to learn about how we’ve revamped the space to promote contemporary art as innovative as the history behind our building.

Grab a drink from La Peg and enjoy Happy Hour before or after your tour. You can meet our staff members by the “About Our Building” sign inside La Peg to begin the tour.  Tours start at 5:30pm and run approximately 20-30 minutes.

FREE, RSVP Suggested

*Historic Building Tours take place weekly on Mondays through June 10, 2019, excluding Jan 21, Feb 11, Feb 18, Apr 22, Apr 29, and May 27. Summer building tour dates and times will be announced later this spring.

**The Building Tour on March 18th will take place at 6pm, instead of the usual 5:30pm start time.

***The Building Tour on May 20th will take place at 5pm, instead of the usual 5:30pm start time.