Building Philadelphia Speaker Series


Please see schedule below

Watch speakers from the safety and comfort of your own home! Links to access available talks will be provided one hour prior to the scheduled time. 

Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, & Politics

Join us as renowned local architects, urban planners, curators, and historians explore the political, economic, and design trends that drove Philadelphia’s development. Topics include major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill, our world-class collection of architectural styles, and Philadelphia’s industrial history.

Buy tickets to individual talks – links in Speaker Schedule below
  • $20 | General Admission
  • $15 | Alliance Member
  • $10 | College Student
  • Free | High School Student

Enjoy these speakers LIVE on your computer, tablet, or smartphone via ZOOM.  Replays will be available to registrants.

NOTE: If you purchased a series pass or single ticket for the lecture you do NOT need to re-register. You will automatically be sent the link to join remotely.
  • THURSDAY APRIL 2, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Alan Greenberger – Modernism and the Philadelphia School  –  Recording available
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Francesca Ammon – The Urban Renewal of Society Hill  – Recording available
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 6 PM TO 7:30 PM – Douglas Mooney & Jed Levin – The Hidden City: Archaeology of Philadelphia – Recording available
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Elizabeth Milroy – Assembling Fairmount Park, 1844 – 1926  – Recording available
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Molly Lester – Preserving Minerva, the life and work of Philadelphia architect Minerva Parker Nichols (1862-1949) –  Recording available
  • TUESDAY, May 5, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – John Brady – Olympia, Icon of the Navy –Recording available
  • TUESDAY, May 12, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Dotty Brown– Boathouse Row: Untold Stories of a Philadelphia Icon – Recording available
  • TUESDAY, May 19, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Dr. David Brownlee–Art Deco in Philadelphia – Recording available
  • TUESDAY, May 26, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Paul Steinke – Penn Square, City Hall, and the Emergence of Modern Philadelphia Recording available
  • TUESDAY, June 2, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Len Davidson– Saving Neon and Rowhouse Culture – More info & tickets…
  • TUESDAY, June 9, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – William Whitaker– Philadelphia’s Everyday Modernism– More info & tickets…
Previous Speakers:

• Wed, March 04 – Emma Lapsansky-Werner – The City as an Organism of Transition
• Mon, March 09 – Bruce Laverty – The Victorian City

Schedule subject to change based on speaker availability. Tickets and passes are non-refundable but may be transferred to a third party

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