Friends of the Oak Lane Library announce three free architecture lectures

The Friends of the Oak Lane Library will be sponsoring a series of FREE LECTURES on East Oak Lane Architecture.

The Lectures will be held in the Korean United Church of Philadelphia, PCA, at 12th Street and 1200 W. Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, 19126-2116 at 4:30 pm on Sundays, March 7, March 14 and March 28, 2010. All lectures will be followed by a reception.

Free Parking is available in KUC Lot at 70th and Old York Road. Park in back, north east corner, and take sidewalk to rear of church on 12th Street.
The series of three lectures is to be given by two prominent, local architects, John J. Di Benedetto and David S. Traub and Marita Krivda, historic preservationist. Both men will enlighten those interested in learning about the architectural history
and styles of buildings that used to exist in East Oak Lane;buildings that currently exist in East Oak Lane; and buildings of great architectural interest that are currently in desperate need of restoration.

  • John J. DiBenedetto, FARA Sunday March 7 , 2010 4:30 PM
  • Marita Krivda, MS Sunday March 14th, 2010 4:30 PM
  • David S. Traub, AIA Sunday March 28th, 2010 4:30 PM

John DiBenedetto of the Jenkintown based architectural firm DiBenedetto & Associates will expand on his Drexel University dissertation. He wrote this along with Vincent A. Girondi, Oak Lane, A Study of Urban Growth and Architectural Development, 1876-1976, Philadelphia, 1976.

Marita Krivda, librarian & historian, will expand on some of the special Victorian buildings and T. Henry Asbury – the father of Victorian Oak Lane.

David S. Traub, prominent Center City architect, will discuss his preservation efforts with the Save Our Sites non-profit devoted to preventing the demolition of historic Philadelphia properties. He will discuss the Bauhaus style homes in East Oak Lane.

All lectures will be followed by a reception. For more information contact: Michael Poxon, President Friends of the Oak Lane Library – 215-549-6531; email:

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