Race Street Friends Meetinghouse

1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Race Street Friends Meeting House

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Although constructed almost thirty years after the ca. 1827 separation, the Race Street Friends Meeting House is a tangible reminder of the controversy caused by differing interpretations of Quaker doctrine in the early nineteenth century. The decision to begin construction on the Race Street Friends Meeting House was made in 1855 in response to a request by the women's meeting for safer, more comfortable, and more spacious quarters. The building was complete by 1857. In it the Hicksites held their Philadelphia Yearly Meetings and there was room for both the men's and the women's meetings for business. Race Street was the site of the Hicksite Philadelphia Yearly Meeting between 1857 and 1955. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS PA-6687)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 4, 1993
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Quaker Plain Style
Areas of significance
Religion; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current functions
Religious structure; Business
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924
Significant years
1864; 1891; 1909
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2012: New Street View added by wdzinc