Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast
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Welcome to the Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, an elegant and cozy urban inn, and a lovely oasis for travelers. Located on a towering tree-lined street, in the University City District of Philadelphia, our meticulously restored 1865 Victorian, stone mansion is an architectural gem.
The Cornerstone accommodates both business and leisure travelers alike. Relax and enjoy one of our six beautifully appointed rooms and suites all with private bathrooms. Situated in a prime location, Cornerstone offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Philadelphia within walking distance to restaurants, shops, historic sites, theaters, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, museums, or your business destination.
Entrance and Foyer
Built around 1870, this beautifully restored church-stone mansion features original red oak and black walnut floors, twelve-foot ceilings and a grand staircase made of Honduran Mahogany. At the Cornerstone, we are very fortunate to have seven exquisite stained glass windows from the turn of the century. One of these magnificent windows is featured in the entrance/foyer.
The Breakfast Room
In the morning, guests enjoy breakfast at our large dining room table in front of the fireplace. Enjoy a conversation with other guests or read the newspaper, And, don't forget to look up at our magnificent reproduction Victorian ceiling. During the week, a continental breakfast is served from 7:15 AM to 8:30 AM. On weekends, a full breakfast is served from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. At check-in, you may request breakfast to go.
The Living Room
Relax, and sip a hot cup of tea or coffee in comfort. Browse through our various newspapers that our delivered daily or work on your laptop. This cozy and elegant room is meant to be enjoyed.
The Barnes Foundation
The new 93,000-square-foot, two-story building, designed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, is described as a “gallery in a garden, a garden in a gallery.” Boasting a textured grey-and-gold Ramon limestone exterior and a glass canopy that glows at night, the building is a breathtaking addition to the Parkway Museum District.
The four-and-a-half acre landscaped grounds reference the Barnes Arboretum in Merion, which will reopen in the late summer of 2012. In addition, the building boasts a number of sustainable features, including a green roof and permeable surfaces that allow for rain and grey water re-use.
But the true draw is the Barnes Collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.
The 12,000-square-foot gallery preserves the scale, proportion and configuration of the original Merion location. The priceless works are symmetrically arranged according to size, and often paired with artifacts and furniture (think: African sculpture, Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, antique Chinese paintings) organized around themes and formal elements. The scheme is the physical manifestation of the teachings of the man who collected the works, Albert C. Barnes.
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The Arts, Theater, Concerts
- Arden Theater Company
- Avenue of the Arts
- Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
- Kimmel Center
- Mann Center for Performing Arts
- Opera Company of Philadelphia
- Pennsylvania Ballet
- Philadelphia Orchestra
- Walnut Street Theater
- University of Pennsylvania
- Drexel University
- Temple University
- Saint Joeph's University
- Philadelphia University
- Adventure Aquarium
- Bartram's Gardens
- Battleship New Jersey Memorial
- Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and Museum
- Independence Visitor Center
- Lights of Liberty Show
- Longwood Gardens
- Mural Arts Program
- National Constitution Center
- Penn's Landing
- Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Rides
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Pine Street – Antique Row
- Reading Terminal Market
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Mummers Museum
- Museum of Anthropology and Archeology
- National Liberty Museum
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Rodin Museum
For more information about local attractions and activities, please visit our Activites page.
Take Amtrak or SEPTA into 30th Street Station. The Cornerstone is approximately eight blocks from the train station. It is a short and inexpensive cab ride, a brief bus ride on Septa's Route 31 line, or a 10 - 15 minute walk. To walk, exit the train station onto 30th Street. Turn left and go to Market Street. Turn right and walk three blocks to 33rd Street. Turn right onto 33rd Street and walk through Drexel University to the first light, which is Powelton Avenue. Proceed to the next block, which is Baring Street. Cornerstone is on the left-hand side and has a sign on the porch. The porch is trimmed in white lights.
Upon arriving at the Philadelphia International Airport, you can get to the Cornerstone by taxi, train or shuttle.
Taxis are parked outside the baggage claim area. If the taxi driver is not familiar with Baring Street–tell them that it is one block North of Powelton Avenue in University City.
Take SEPTA's R1 Airport Line to 30th Street Station. Cornerstone B&B is approximately ten blocks from the train station. It is a short and inexpensive cab ride, a brief bus ride on Septa's Route 31 bus, or a 10 - 15 minute walk. To walk, exit the train station onto 30th Street. Turn left and go to Market Street. Turn right and walk three blocks to 33rd Street. Turn right onto 33rd Street and walk through Drexel University's campus to the first light, which is Powelton Avenue. Proceed to the next block, which is Baring Street. Cornerstone is on the left-hand side and has a sign on the porch. The porch is trimmed in white lights.
Lady Liberty will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the Cornerstone. The shuttle makes other center city stops along the way. Advanced reservations are needed. The phone number is 215-724-8888 or from the airport transportation phones dial 27. The shuttle is cheaper than a taxi.
Directions from the West (King of Prussia):
Take Route 76 East toward Philadelphia. Exit at Spring Garden Street (Exit 343). At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Spring Garden Street. Go to the second light, 32nd Street, and turn left. At the second street turn right onto Baring Street. Go straight to the stop sign. Cross the intersection, 33rd Street, and park your car. Cornerstone is on the left-hand side and has a sign on the porch. The porch is trimmed in white lights.
Directions from the South (Philadelphia International Airport):
Take I-95 north to Philadelphia. Proceed past the Philadelphia Airport. Stay in the right lanes and exit onto Route 76 West. Continue on Route 76 West for approximately 5 miles to the 30th Street Exit. Exit at 30th Street and get into the left lane. At the second light, Market Street, make a left-hand turn. Proceed West on Market Street past the train station (on your right) up three blocks to 33rd Street. Make a right onto 33rd Street and continue for approximately 5 blocks. The next light will be Powelton Street, continue on 33rd Street one block and you will see Baring Street. We are located on the corner of 33rd and Baring Street. Cornerstone is on the left-hand side and has a sign on the porch. The porch is trimmed in white lights.
Directions from the North (New York):
Take New Jersey Turnpike south to exit 4 - Philadelphia/Camden. Follow signs for Route 73 north to the Betsy Ross bridge. Bear left onto the bridge and then follow signs for I-95 South. Stay on I-95 south for approximately 5 miles to the center city exit - Route 676 west. Follow Route 676 West to the second exit - Art Museum/Ben Franklin Parkway (22nd Street). Exit to the right onto 22nd Street but stay in the far left hand lane. After the first light turn left into the center lanes of the Ben Franklin Parkway (the Art Museum is straight ahead of you). Go straight until you reach the circle stay to the right and go half way around the circle. Immediately after passing the art museum, bear right on to Spring Garden Street bridge towards the entrance of Route 76 West. Make sure the Art Museum is always on your right. (DO NOT GO DOWN the small road that goes under an overpass.) After crossing the Spring Garden Street bridge, go straight to the second light - 32nd Street and turn left. Go to the second street - Baring Street and turn right. Go straight to the stop sign. Cross the intersection, 33rd Street, and park your car. Cornerstone is on the left-hand side and has a sign on the porch. The porch is trimmed in white lights.