December 24, 2009
AS THE new president and CEO of the Independence Visitor Center Corp., I'm compelled to set the record straight regarding the op-ed by Jon and Leslie Bari (Dec. 7, "Why the Visitor Center delay?"). Pursuant to agreements with the Secretary of the Interior, the IVCC caused the Independence Visitor Center to be designed, built and opened on time and on budget. For eight years, IVCC has operated the center in cooperation with the National Park Service and has provided information, interpretation, facilities and services to enrich the experience of millions of visitors to Independence National Historical Park and this region.
November 19, 2001
Along Philadelphia's Independence Mall, it's a week for doffing hard hats - and taking a well-deserved bow. The opening of a $38-million visitor center showcasing Independence National Historical Park, as well as the region's 500-plus tourist attractions, ranks as a solid chapter of contemporary history-making. As the first major building block in the mall's makeover to reach ribbon-cutting stage, the christened Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market Streets is piece of a long-held dream made real.
February 11, 2003 |
No question, there will be a New Jersey moment Thursday. On that day, at an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market Streets, the leather-bound, 327-year-old West Jersey Concessions will take their place in the limelight next to the venerable Magna Carta. Rarely seen, obscure to most, and signed by a future New Jersey governor as opposed to an English king, the Concessions nevertheless represent a true American milestone. "They are very important," said an excited Judge Edward Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, "and it's unusual to see them.
November 20, 2001 |
A quarter-century ago, during the run-up to the Bicentennial celebrations, Philadelphia hired a Boston architecture firm to design a visitor center to greet the hordes of tourists expected for the event. It was a boxy, bricky, abstracted version of Independence Hall. It was not a success, either as architecture or as a way to promote the city. Vowing to correct the mistakes of the past, a group that includes the city, the National Park Service, and the Pew Charitable Trust decided to build a new visitor center that would help lift Philadelphia into the ranks of destination cities.
May 30, 2013
Sample winners from the Inquirer's Brew-vitational at Philly Beer Week's Opening Tap, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Independence Visitor Center. HandFarm is available only at the Tired Hands brewery.
June 26, 2016 |
"Mad as Hell? Voter Anger in the 2016 Election" will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence Visitor Center. Register by Monday at www.philly.com/electionpanel , or contact Jennifer Wolf at 215-854-5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
June 4, 2013
The United States Golf Association on Monday announced an event called "The U.S. Open Experience at Independence Mall. " Scheduled to open next Monday at the Independence Visitor Center, the exhibit will feature interactive educational golf exhibits and an official U.S. Open merchandise store. On June 15 and 16, the final two days of the Open at Merion Golf Club, additional exhibits will include live outdoor big-screen coverage of the Open, authentic USGA bleacher seating and simulated playing opportunities.
April 3, 2008
AS HBO's new miniseries "John Adams" chronicles the life of one of our Founding Fathers, it provides a great glimpse into the process of creating a nation: patriots coming together to debate, argue and, in the end, find consensus. The show is also a good reminder of something we who live here take for granted: What a sacred place Independence Mall is. So the squabbles and apparent unholy alliances involving the National Park Service, Independence Visitor Center and tour operators recently highlighted by Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky would make the founders shudder.
June 25, 2010
Center City just became a bit more interesting and visitor-friendly, thanks to two initiatives that should showcase Philadelphia artists' work as well as better guide tourists in their travels around the city. Mayor Nutter's push to promote the arts received a visible boost with last week's opening of a ground-level arts office in City Hall that includes an 800-square-foot gallery. The gallery in Room 116 will serve as the administrative roost for the city's chief cultural officer and arts office director, Gary P. Steuer.
November 18, 2001 |
When the long-anticipated Independence Visitor Center opens on Tuesday, it will do so amid a decline in tourism, not just here but nationwide. For that reason, city tourism leaders say, it may be slow-going before the $38 million building, which occupies an entire city block at Sixth and Market Streets, is recognized as the official information center for Philadelphia, its surrounding counties, and South Jersey. To give it a short-term boost, Mayor Street has approved spending $145,000 on a radio and billboard campaign, featuring Philadelphia's most famous resident, Ben Franklin, to promote it. Nonetheless, tourism officials are confident that the new center, designed to lure out-of-town visitors as well as the region's residents, will bring Philadelphia a new and bigger chunk of the national tourism market.