Art & Culture

Building Philadelphia

Building Philadelphia

Spring 2015

ARTH 100-301 | Building Philadelphia

David Brownlee 
| Professor, History of Art Department
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm

This seminar will explore the 330-year history of Philadelphia by examining fifteen or so dozen notable works of architecture and urban planning. Each week, the seminar will meet in a classroom and (usually) visit a site. We will meet with some of the architects and planners of recent projects. The objects of study will include the plan for Philadelphia (William Penn and Thomas Holme,1683), Christ Church (John Keasley,1727-44,1754), Samuel Powel House (Robert Smith[?], 1765), Fairmount Waterworks (Frederick Graff, sr. 1819-21, Frederick Graff, jr. 1859-62), Eastern State Penitentiary (John Haviland, 1821 ff), Please Touch Museum (originally the art museum of the Centennial Exhibition, Hermann Schwarzman,1875-6), Fisher Fine Arts Library (originally University Library, Frank Furness 1888-91), University Museum (Wilson Eyre, etc.,1894-1929), Benjamin Franklin Parkway (many designers, 1907-18), PSFS Building (George Howe and William Lescaze,1926-32), Richards Medical Research Building (Louis Kahn, 1957-64), Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia (Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, 2007-12), Dilworth Plaza (Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake, and Olin partners, 2010- ), Philadelphia2035 master plan (Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, 2009-12).