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Neighborhood Guide: Germantown








One of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods, Germantown boasts colonial-era roots preserved through a high concentration of Historic Landmarks and celebrated during the yearly Countdown to Germantown Day weekend. Just outside Center City and easily accessible via SEPTA, Germantown is known for its green spaces and parks, as well as its historic homes and tree-lined streets. Up next for the neighborhood is community-driven development of the pedestrian-oriented main commercial corridors along Chelten and Germantown Avenues.

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Germantown is a neighborhood in the northwest section of Philadelphia, about seven-to-eight miles northwest from city center. The neighborhood's rough boundaries are Wissahickon Park to the east, straddling Germantown Avenue from Wayne Junction to Washington Lane.

City of Philadelphia Planning Commission, District Plan: Upper Northwest 

Getting Connected
Community Development Corporations:
Germantown United  
G’town Restoration 

Community Groups:
Germantown Artists Roundtable 
Greater Germantown Business Association 

Local Landmarks
Awbury Arboretum is a 55-acre public landscape and historic house. The site is open year-round, dawn to dusk, free of charge. The arboretum hosts educational and service learning programs.

Historic Germantown is a partnership of 15 houses, destinations and museums united by a common mission to preserve and celebrate Germantown’s historic sites and rich cultural heritage.

The Wyck Association is a Historic Landmark house, garden and farm. Restored in 2007, the Wyck Home Farm grows food for a weekly on-site farmers' market (June through November) and provides a year-round interactive classroom and green space. 

Wired Beans is the neighborhood’s only café-style coffee shop. Offering comfortable seating and wi-fi, it's the perfect place to work or hang out. Check out their weekly open-mic nights.

Imperfect Gallery is a community-based nonprofit alternative art space featuring local and international artists via monthly exhibitions, performances and events. 

Greene Street Artist Cooperative is a multicultural community of artists sharing a building featuring seventeen live/work studios on a 1.5-acre lot. Members periodically host open studios, and present classes and workshops. 

LaRose Jazz Club is Germantown’s premiere music venue. An incubator for young jazz artists, LaRose features weekly Sunday Sessions (6 - 10 p.m.) and Blue Monday Jam Sessions (6 - 9 p.m.).

Getting Around
SEPTA offers a range of travel options to Germantown, including bus routes 23, 26, 53, 56, 65 H, HX, J, and K, and the Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Lines. Visit septa.org for schedules, fares and maps.
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