March 11 Lecture: Penn's Plan & Founding the City

March 6, 2014 | Center News, Lectures + Talks

Building Philadelphia Lecture 1 of 10 Speaker: John Gallery, Former Executive Director, Preservation Alliance Tuesday, March 11 | 6:00 - 8:00pm $10-$20 ticket | at Center for Architecture

John Gallery, Former Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, investigates William Penn's plans for the grand city in his colony of Pennsylvania. Did you know that Pennsylvania was given to William Penn's father by the King of England to pay off a personal debt? It remains the largest grant of land to an individual in history.

Learn how Penn took his inheritance and created plans for a major city that would take 200 years to match his vision. And learn how Philadelphia's current-day form reflects his philosophical ideals and business plans. This is the first talk in the Center for Architecture's annual 10-part "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, & Politics" lecture series, which takes place on 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings from March 11 - May 20.

Discounted pricing is available for those who purchase the entire package. 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 a look at all 10 lectures, visit the Center for Architecture's Facebook page.

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