About Neighborhood House

Every year, we serve 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.

Our Story

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. 

Our Staff

Hannah Opdenaker

Neighborhood House Director

Vince Lattuca

Social Media & Farmers Market Manager

Amanda Kijak

Production Manager

Christ Church Preservation Trust

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

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.