There is nothing in Philadelphia quite like Alden Park, a trio of apartment buildings in a park-like setting that architectural historian George Thomas called “an American version of the visionary ‘Radiant City’ of Le Corbusier.” Designed in the Jacobean Revival style by Edwyn G. Rorke, the apartments represented the height of modernity and luxury when they were built on the former Strawbridge estate in the late 1920s.
Developer L3C Capital is just finishing up a $70 million restoration, which won a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance. This tour is a chance to check out Alden Park’s original details, including a stunning tiled pool, its three lobbies and its ballroom, with bird’s eye views of Center City and the Wissahickon.
Bob Powers, architectural historian and president of Powers & Co. a consulting firm specializing in historic buildings, will talk about Alden Park’s history. He’ll be joined by Briarwood Construction superintendent Cassie O’Connell, who will delve into some of the nitty-gritty details of restoring the masonry, replacing almost 7,000 windows and bringing the original wood and plaster work back to life.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of Philadelphia’s most iconic places and largest restoration projects in recent memory!
This tour is co-hosted by Hidden City Philadelphia and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.
Meet on the front steps of the Manor building at the semi-circular driveway, 5500 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144
$15 Preservation Alliance or Hidden City Member
$10 Student (must show ID)
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