Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics lecture series March 26-May 28

Looking for a way to bone up on Philadelphia’s design and development history? The Center for Architecture has you covered with “Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics” an annual 10-part lecture series running Tuesdays from March 26-May 28. A scholar, historian, planner, or architect will trace a portion of Philadelphia’s built heritage weekly, beginning with William Penn’s plan and continuing through the modern era.


  • March 26: Penn’s Plan and the Founding of the City, John Andrew Gallery, Former Executive Director, Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
  • April 2: From Colonial Capitol to the Athens of America: Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Richard Webster, Professor Emeritus, West Chester University
  • April 9: Romantic Philadelphia: Eclecticism of Style Richard Webster, Professor Emeritus, West Chester University
  • April 16: The Victorian City, Jeffrey Cohen, Bryn Mawr College
  • April 23: Immigration to the City, Caroline Golab, Thomas Jefferson University
  • April 30: Going on Stilts: The Tall Building in 19th Century Philadelphia, Paula Spilner, Drexel University
  • May 7: Planning the Modern City: The Parkway and Society Hill David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania)
  • May 14: Digging in the City of Brotherly Love, Rebecca Yamin
  • May 21: Misfits and Heroes: Modernism in the Delaware Valley, William Whitaker, Architectural Archives curator, University of Pennsylvania
  • May 28: Ed Bacon and the Future of Philadelphia (speaker TBD)

Building Philadelphia lectures will take place at the Center for Architecture (1218 Arch St.) on Tuesdays from March 26 through May 28, 2013, from 6-8pm. For all 10 lectures the series costs $150, $100 for AIA/CFA/Preservation Alliance members, $50 for students and AIA Associates. Individual lectures cost $20, $15 for members, $10 for students/AIA Associates. Advance registration is required. You may register online for any or all of the sessions.

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