Building Philadelphia Speaker Series

2020 VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES! 

Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, & Politics

The Building Philadelphia Speaker Series has ended, but replays are available of all lectures to registrants. In these lectures, 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.

Enjoy these lecture replays from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

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    • 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 CultureRecording available.
    • TUESDAY, June 9, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – William Whitaker – Philadelphia’s Everyday Modernism. Recording available.
    • TUESDAY, June 16, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Michael Lewis – Truth, Fire, and Frank Furness. Recording available.
    • TUESDAY, June 23, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Jeffrey Cohen – Wilson Eyre and Architectural Revolution. Recording available.
    • TUESDAY, June 30, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Sally Elk – Eastern State Penitentiary: Behind Walls! Recording available.
    • TUESDAY, July 7, 6 PM to 7:30 PM – Inga Saffron – What Just Happened? Twenty Years of Transformation in Philadelphia. Recording coming soon.
Previous Speakers:

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

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