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We've Mapped the Most Iconic Signs around Philadelphia

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We've put together a handy map of some of the most iconic signs in Philadelphia. Let's face it, Philly is huge, historic and filled to the brim with awesome signs. It's entirely possible that we've missed some easy ones in here — forgive us. However, think of this map as a living, breathing organism that's constantly changing and evolving, much like the Philly skyline itself. So, if you feel like we missed one landmark that embodies all that is amazing with Philly, then hit us up in the comments to let us know. You could always drop us a note to our tipline as well. For now, enjoy the splendid signage of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection!


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1. Globe Dye Works

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4500 Worth St
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 288-4554

The Globe Dye Works sign speaks to Philly's industrial and manufacturing prowess of yesteryear. While it's currently a "maker space," Globe was built in the 1860s and originally dyed and bleached textiles. (Photo:Reece Terris/gratefulgrapefruit.com)

2. Divine Lorraine Hotel

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699 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

The Divine Lorraine is the OG of Philly signs. High above the long-abandoned hotel, the sign was a symbol of decay. It was recently lit up once again and the hotel is in the process of being redeveloped. (Photo: Steve Ives/Flickr)

3. Electric Factory

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421 N 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 627-1332

The Electric Factory sign affixed to an old water tower in Callowhill is as quirky as it is iconic. You can see it some most points to the east or south and has long been a fan favorite of locals and visitors alike. (Photo: Philly.com)

4. PSFS Sign (Loews Hotel)

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1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Sitting atop the Loews Hotel, the neon PSFS sign is, quite simply, the staple sign of the Philadelphia skyline. (Photo via Bradley Maule/Phillyskyline.com)

5. One South Broad

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1 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia National Bank's PNB sign 16 foot high letters sit atop the tower of the 17-ton Founder's Bell. Color coded lighting used to forecast the weather until the 70s. (Photo: Picture Philly)

6. Reading Terminal Market

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-2317
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Yes, there are MANY signs to choose from inside and out at Reading Terminal Market. However, it's the exterior neon sign that grabs your attention and signals that you've found the mecca of urban markets. (Photo: Albert Yee/Phillylovenotes.com)

7. The Bourse

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111 S Independence Mall E
Pennsylvania, PA 19106

The Bourse originally served as the first commodities exchange in the US. The arguably more iconic was the one on 5th Street facing Independence Mall, but that blew over a few years ago. This river-facing sign is still magnificent, albeit underrated. (Photo: Visit Philly)

8. Market Street (Old City)

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116 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Though stuck on the odd interchange between Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Old City - The Market Street sign is the one of the first places to snap a pic while in Philly. Illuminated at night, it offers great views of one of Philly's most vibrant neighborhoods. (Photo: Old City District)

9. Benjamin Franklin House

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834 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 629-9692
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The Horace Trumbauer designed building opened as a hotel in the 1920s. The sign is simply incredible, with an elegant typeface and impressive stanchion. It's definitely worth checking out. (Photo: Picture Philly)

10. Spruce Food Market

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1523 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Spruce Food Market's sign is charming and old-school. While it's a pretty busy street, the market provides a picturesque street scene when its neon lights are glowing and vibrant flowers are on display outside.

11. Boot & Saddle

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1131 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 639-4528
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Boot & Saddle's sign is amazing. The large cowboy boot hangs over South Broad Street and gives passersby a glimpse into a far off time and world where Country & Western bars were an actual thing. (Photo: Phila. Real Estate Blog)

12. Geno's Steaks

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1219 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 389-0659
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The sign at Geno's Steaks on Passyunk Avenue is something else. Part Philly, part Vegas - you may be able to see it from space. (Photo: Wikipedia)

13. King Of Jeans

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1843 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Ah, King of Jeans, your cult status precedes itself. The massive sign takes over "The Avenue" with oddity and wonderment. The building is set to be redeveloped, leading people to wonder what will happen to the sign.

14. Tower Theatre

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19 S 69th St
Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 352-2887
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Yeah, we know it's in Upper Darby but it's The Tower. Bowie, Neil Young and so many more legends have rocked it, making its sign even more iconic. It's simply glorious. (Photo: Tower Theater Official)

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1. Globe Dye Works

4500 Worth St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

The Globe Dye Works sign speaks to Philly's industrial and manufacturing prowess of yesteryear. While it's currently a "maker space," Globe was built in the 1860s and originally dyed and bleached textiles. (Photo:Reece Terris/gratefulgrapefruit.com)

4500 Worth St
Philadelphia, PA 19124

2. Divine Lorraine Hotel

699 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The Divine Lorraine is the OG of Philly signs. High above the long-abandoned hotel, the sign was a symbol of decay. It was recently lit up once again and the hotel is in the process of being redeveloped. (Photo: Steve Ives/Flickr)

699 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. Electric Factory

421 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The Electric Factory sign affixed to an old water tower in Callowhill is as quirky as it is iconic. You can see it some most points to the east or south and has long been a fan favorite of locals and visitors alike. (Photo: Philly.com)

421 N 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

4. PSFS Sign (Loews Hotel)

1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Sitting atop the Loews Hotel, the neon PSFS sign is, quite simply, the staple sign of the Philadelphia skyline. (Photo via Bradley Maule/Phillyskyline.com)

1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. One South Broad

1 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia National Bank's PNB sign 16 foot high letters sit atop the tower of the 17-ton Founder's Bell. Color coded lighting used to forecast the weather until the 70s. (Photo: Picture Philly)

1 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA

6. Reading Terminal Market

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Yes, there are MANY signs to choose from inside and out at Reading Terminal Market. However, it's the exterior neon sign that grabs your attention and signals that you've found the mecca of urban markets. (Photo: Albert Yee/Phillylovenotes.com)

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. The Bourse

111 S Independence Mall E, Pennsylvania, PA 19106

The Bourse originally served as the first commodities exchange in the US. The arguably more iconic was the one on 5th Street facing Independence Mall, but that blew over a few years ago. This river-facing sign is still magnificent, albeit underrated. (Photo: Visit Philly)

111 S Independence Mall E
Pennsylvania, PA 19106

8. Market Street (Old City)

116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Though stuck on the odd interchange between Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Old City - The Market Street sign is the one of the first places to snap a pic while in Philly. Illuminated at night, it offers great views of one of Philly's most vibrant neighborhoods. (Photo: Old City District)

116 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

9. Benjamin Franklin House

834 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Horace Trumbauer designed building opened as a hotel in the 1920s. The sign is simply incredible, with an elegant typeface and impressive stanchion. It's definitely worth checking out. (Photo: Picture Philly)

834 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Spruce Food Market

1523 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Spruce Food Market's sign is charming and old-school. While it's a pretty busy street, the market provides a picturesque street scene when its neon lights are glowing and vibrant flowers are on display outside.

1523 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

11. Boot & Saddle

1131 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Boot & Saddle's sign is amazing. The large cowboy boot hangs over South Broad Street and gives passersby a glimpse into a far off time and world where Country & Western bars were an actual thing. (Photo: Phila. Real Estate Blog)

1131 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

12. Geno's Steaks

1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The sign at Geno's Steaks on Passyunk Avenue is something else. Part Philly, part Vegas - you may be able to see it from space. (Photo: Wikipedia)

1219 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. King Of Jeans

1843 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Ah, King of Jeans, your cult status precedes itself. The massive sign takes over "The Avenue" with oddity and wonderment. The building is set to be redeveloped, leading people to wonder what will happen to the sign.

1843 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

14. Tower Theatre

19 S 69th St, Upper Darby, PA 19082

Yeah, we know it's in Upper Darby but it's The Tower. Bowie, Neil Young and so many more legends have rocked it, making its sign even more iconic. It's simply glorious. (Photo: Tower Theater Official)

19 S 69th St
Upper Darby, PA 19082