Center for Architecture Announces “Building Philadelphia Lecture Series”

Philadelphia Center for Architecture Announces “Building Philadelphia Lecture Series”

First Lecture is Tuesday, April 14!

Building Philadelphia is a 10-part lecture series covering a broad range of topics relating to Philadelphia’s 300 years of architecture, urban planning, and political/social history. The series begins with William Penn’s original vision for Philadelphia, while subsequent presentations cover three centuries of American architecture as represented in the city. Not only will movements and styles of architecture be discussed, but also important city plans and the influences of social and economic events relating to the architecture of Philadelphia. Lectures are given by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians and social historians from local universities and architecture firms.

Ten Tuesdays, April 7 through June 9, 2009
The Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street
General public: $250/$30 per lecture
Members of Preservation Alliance, AIA Philadelphia and Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks: $200 series/$25 per lecture
General public: $250/$30 per lecture
Young professionals (under 35): $100 series/$15 per lecture

Registration required:

April 7: Penn’s Plan and the Founding of the City
John Andrew Gallery, executive director, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

April 14: From Colonial Capitol to the Athens of America: Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival
Richard Webster, Ph.D., professor emeritus, West Chester University

April 21: Romantic Philadelphia: Eclecticism of Style
Richard Webster, Ph.D., professor emeritus, West Chester University

April 28: The Victorian City
Jeffrey Cohen, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

May 5: Going on Stilts: The Tall Building in 19th Century Philadelphia
Paula Spilner, Ph.D., Drexel University

May 12: The Hidden City: Archaeology of Philadelphia
Rebecca Yamin, Ph.D., John Milner Associates, Inc.

May 19: Planning the Modern City: The Parkway and Society Hill
David Brownlee, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

May 26: Looking Down on William Penn: Philadelphia’s Modern Skyline
Amy Slaton, Ph.D., Drexel University

June 2: Misfits and Heroes: Modernism in the Delaware Valley
William Whitaker, curator, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

June 9: Philadelphia in the 21st Century
Allan Greenberger, Executive Director, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

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