Special walking tour: “Camden’s Historic Cooper Street”

Dr. Charlene Mires, Professor of History and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden, will lead a tour of Camden’s Historic Cooper Street on Saturday, June 17, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

From the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia: The Cooper Street Historic District and adjacent campus of Rutgers-Camden are a living museum of American urban history. Surviving nineteenth-century residences and later commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings tell the story of Camden’s emergence as an industrial powerhouse and the impacts of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and urban renewal. Within six blocks, highlights of this walk will include a rare row of 1850s working-class rental properties, the 1869 mansion of Philadelphia advertising pioneer F.W. Ayer, Camden’s first luxury apartment building, the distinctive public art of Johnson Park, and surviving buildings of the RCA-Victor factory complex. We will see residences individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places for their architectural merit and a variety of approaches to preservation and adaptive reuse.

The tour will begin at Fifth and Market Streets in Camden, in Roosevelt Park across the street from the City Hall station of the PATCO High Speedline. The tour will end in the vicinity of Front and Cooper Streets.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. For more information, click here.