Friends Center is a hub for Quaker activity in Philadelphia and around the world. The Friends Center campus houses an active Quaker meeting; local, regional, and international Quaker organizations; and like minded groups working for peace and justice. Hours
History of Friends Center
Quaker work for peace and justice has emanated from this site since 1856. The Race Street Meetinghouse at Friends Center is a National Historic Landmark for work for women’s rights in the 19th century. In 1947, the American Friends Service Committee accepted the Nobel Peace prize on behalf of Quakers worldwide. In this century it has become a landmark for green building and environmental consciousness. (learn more)
Directory of Friends Center tenants
Over forty nonprofit organizations are housed at Friends Center. For a complete listing, click this link.
Friends Center Mission and Board of Directors
Friends Center Corporation is responsible for managing the Friends Center property on behalf of the three groups who own the property: American Friends Service Committee, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The Board of Directors is appointed by these three organizations. (learn more)
Mary Dyer statue
The bronze figure at the entrance to Friends Center commemorates Mary Dyer, a 17th century Quaker hanged on Boston Common, a martyr for religious freedom. (learn more)
Shepard Fairey Mural
In October 2015, Shepard Fairey and his team painted a mural on the side of our LEED Platinum office building, near the corner of 15th and Race Streets in Philadelphia.
Visit Friends Center
You are invited to visit Friends Center to learn more about the Quaker faith and Quaker work in the world. Tours of the green building may be arranged by appointment. (learn more)
For directions to Friends Center click here.