Every year, Neighborhood House serves over 50 artists and ensembles through subsidized performance and rehearsal rentals.


Neighborhood House is a performance venue and a catalyst for the arts on the historic Christ Church campus. We support artists through subsidized performance/rehearsal rentals in our namesake building, and we commission new site-specific works informed by our architecture and history.



Built by the Christ Church parish to serve the residents of industrial Old City, Neighborhood House opened its doors in 1915. In the late 1990s, local artists seeking unusual, flexible, and affordable venues for Live Arts/Fringe Festival performances discovered the building’s large, open spaces. The Neighborhood House program solidified around that homegrown demand and the facility advanced with it, greatly aided by the significant initial investments of the William Penn Foundation.

Today, in addition to housing the Christ Church Parish and Preservation Trust offices, Christ Church Neighborhood House serves a core constituency of cross-disciplinary performing artists who imagine new and experimental works in our ADA-accessible, 110-seat theater. The reach of our arts programming extends beyond the building walls to include concerts in the Christ Church sanctuary and commissions for every corner of our historical campus.

In 2016, we took over operation of the Farmers Market at Christ Church, formerly N3rd Street Farmers Market. Every Wednesday afternoon, May-November, we invite farmers, artisans, and the community onto the brick pavers outside the church gates. 


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Heidi Barr

Farmers Market Manager


Heidi Barr

Farmers Market Manager

Heidi Barr is an artist working in textiles, costume design, and mixed media community-based installation art. She holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts and is a two-time Leeway Foundation grant recipient. Heidi's passion for gardening and her attention to environmental issues inspired her to found/design The Kitchen Garden Series, a line of kitchen textiles made from reclaimed materials that are sold to support urban agriculture. 

2017-18 Supporters

Arthur Judson Foundation

Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

Christ Church Preservation Trust

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Neighborhood House is a program of Christ Church Preservation Trust. Founded in 1965, the Trust is a secular nonprofit that ensures the preservation of and strengthens the multiple communities that use historic Christ Church properties for community building, personal growth, education, and artistic expression. 

Christ Church

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Known as "The Nation's Church" due to the famous Revolutionary Era leaders who worshiped here, Christ Church was founded in 1695. It was the first parish of the Church of England (Anglican) in Pennsylvania and the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church. 




Building & Space Photography © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net