Building Philadelphia 2022 Spring Speaker Series

Building Philadelphia Spring Speaker Series 

Virtual Presentations via Zoom

In these lectures, renowned local architects, professors, and historians explore the political, economic, and design trends that drove Philadelphia’s development. 

Series Passes are available

  • $90 for Preservation Alliance members
  • $110 for non-members

All lectures will be recorded and a replay will be available to registered participants.

View our bookstore for a list of book recommendations by our speakers this season!

Thank You to our Series Sponsor!

Enjoy these lectures from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. For assistance please email Vinni Cheng

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 6PM to 7:30PM

Preservation in Germantown and “Effective Public History”– Dr. David Young, Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 6PM to 7:30PM

Going on Stilts: The Tall Office Building in 19th Century Philadelphia – Dr. Paula Spilner, writer, editor,researcher, and Professor at Drexel University teaching the History of Modern Architecture

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 6PM to 7:30PM

Balancing Preservation and Growth at the Wharton Esherick Museum – Julie Siglin, Executive Director of the Wharton Esherick Museum

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 6PM to 7:30PM

Frank Furness, Louis Kahn, and the Invention of Philadelphia Modernism – Izzy Kornblatt, architectural critic, historian, and curator

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 6PM to 7:30PM

The Road to Equality: Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community, 1950-2022 – Bob Skiba, Curator of Collections at the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6PM to 7:30PM

Preserving the Legacy of Coltrane & His Philadelphia Roots– Tonnetta Graham, Founder and current President of the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation and Homer Jackson, a Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022 6PM to 7:30PM

Remembering Eastern North Philadelphia: A Path to Building Community – Dr. Lynn Mandarano, Associate Professor, Planning and Community Development at Temple University

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 6PM to 7:30PM

The Early History of Philadelphia’s Black Community – Elizabeth Browne, tour guide and historian in early Philadelphia’s religious and social history

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022 6PM to 7:30PM

Engineering the Metropolis: The Sellers Family and the Rise and Fall of Industrial Philadelphia – Domenic Vitiello PhD, urban historian and Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Pennsylvania 

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