"Building Philadelphia" Lecture Series Starts Next Week

February 27, 2014 | Center News, Lectures + Talks

Building Philadelphia Lecture Series 10 Tuesdays, March 26 through May 28, 2014 at the Center for Architecture 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Purchase tickets Full Series - $150/general public, $100/members, $50/students/AIA Associates Individual Lectures: $20/general public, $15/members, $10/students/AIA Associates

The Philadelphia Center for Architecture's "Building Philadelphia" lecture series starts March 26th and runs ten Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, & Politics" is the definitive course on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture. This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians, and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William Penn's original plan for Philadelphia, archeology and preservation in Philadelphia, major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, skyscrapers, Modernism in Philadelphia, and the future of development in the city.


March 11 | Penn's Plan and the Founding of the City | John Andrew Gallery, Executive Director of Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia March 18 | From Colonial Capitol to the Athens of America: Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival | Richard Webster, PhD, Professor Emeritus, West Chester University March 25 | Romantic Philadelphia: Eclecticism of Style | Richard Webster, PhD, Professor Emeritus, West Chester University April 1 | Digging in the City of Brotherly Love | Rebecca Yamin, PhD April 8 | Immigration to the City | Caroline Golab, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University April 15 | Passover | No Lecture Scheduled April 22 | The Victorian City | Jeffrey Cohen, PhD, Bryn Mawr College April 29 | Going on Stilts: The Tall Building in 19th Century Philadelphia | Paula Spilner, PhD, University of Pennsylvania May 6 | Planning the Modern City: The Parkway and Society Hill | David Brownlee, PhD, University of Pennsylvania May 13 | Misfits and Heroes: Modernism in the Delaware Valley | William Whitaker, Curator of The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania May 20 | Ed Bacon and the Future of Philadelphia | Scott Gabriel Knowles, PhD, Drexel University

Become a Certified Tour Guide

Those who attend at least eight of the lectures are invited to continue training on Tuesday evenings for three additional sessions weeks after the series ends to become certified as a volunteer tour guide for the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and/or the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia - a terrific opportunity for students seeking to expand their immersion in Philadelphia's rich history, for business professionals seeking a creative outlet for their passion for Philadelphia, and for recently retired individuals (or couples!) looking for ways to stay engaged with their community and to share their knowledge with visitors. For more information on this, contact David Bender. June 3 | Tour Guide Training | Building Technologies | Art Petrella, Tour Developer June 10 | Tour Guide Training | Guide Techniques | Greta Greenberger, Philadelphia City Hall Tour Director June 17 | Tour Guide Training | Sample Tour | David Bender, Associate Director, Center for Architecture

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