• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Building Philadelphia lecture series returns March 11- May 20

Ever wished for a comprehensive crash course in Philly’s development and design history? The Center for Architecture’s annual "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics" 10-part lecture series, starting Tuesday, has you covered.

Each week a scholar, historian, planner, or architect will trace a portion of Philadelphia’s built heritage, from William Penn to Ed Bacon. Individuals who attend at least eight of the lectures are invited to additional sessions to become a certified tour guide for the Center of Architecture and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics - March 11- May 20:

  • March 11: Penn's Plan and the Founding of the City, John Andrew Gallery, Former Director, Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
  • March 18: From Colonial Capitol to the Athens of America: Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Richard Webster, West Chester University
  • March 25: Romantic Philadelphia: Eclecticism of Style Richard Webster, West Chester University
  • April 1: Digging in the City of Brotherly Love, Rebecca Yamin, PhD
  • April 8: Immigration to the City, Caroline Golab, Thomas Jefferson University
  • April 22: The Victorian City, Jeffrey Cohen, Bryn Mawr College
  • April 29: Going on Stilts: The Tall Building in 19th Century Philadelphia, Paula Spilner, Drexel University
  • May 6: Planning the Modern City: The Parkway and Society Hill David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania)
  • May 13: Misfits and Heroes: Modernism in the Delaware Valley, William Whitaker, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania
  • May 20: Ed Bacon and the Future of Philadelphia Scott Gabriel Knowles, Drexel University
  • June 3, 10, 17: Optional tour guide training


Building Philadelphia lectures will take place at the Center for Architecture (1218 Arch St.) on Tuesdays from March 11 through May 20, 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.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.

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