Posts in “architecture” (10)
Last month we released a post about the Better Philadelphia Exhibition , a 1947 exhibit designed by architects and city planners showing the citizens of Philadelphia their plans for urban… continue reading Reading the City: Books About Plans, Models, and Photos of Cities
By written by Francis B. May 24, 2023
A scrapbook from 1947 documents the Better Philadelphia Exhibition, a showcase of urban renewal projects planned for Center City. How do you represent a city? How do you take a superstructure of… continue reading The Better Philadelphia Exhibit: A Vision of the Future From 70 Years Ago
By written by Francis B. April 17, 2023
On Thursday, February 20 , David W. Young will appear at Parkway Central Library to discuss his book, Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America . Many Philadelphia residents… continue reading What is "Public History", Anyway?
By written by Nina C. February 19, 2020
No ... we don't mean it like that ! This Sunday, November 17, is national Take a Hike Day. It's time to pull on some comfortable shoes and explore a forest, a park, or your very own… continue reading Hey Philly, Take a Hike!
By written by Clare F. November 15, 2019
The Divine Lorraine's story is not just that of a dilapidated building brought back to glory before the wrecking ball's kiss, but a much more complicated, dramatic, and sometimes… continue reading A History Minute | Father Divine and the Behind the Scenes History of The Divine Lorraine Hotel
By written by Sally F. October 22, 2019 4
Archives shield us from a world saturated with fake news and misinformation. But what are archives? How are they different from libraries? Where are they? How do they work? How are they… continue reading Design in the Archives: A Free Evening of Fun and Learning for All Ages!
By written by Joe S. October 21, 2019
The Oak Lane area of North West Philadelphia has an rich history of unique architecture and noteworthy residents. East Oak Lane spans from Cheltenhan Avenue to Godfrey Avenue and from Broad Street… continue reading Neighborhood Beginnings: from Barnyards to Broadway in East Oak Lane
By written by Sally F. June 26, 2019 6
Domestic working and middle-class housing in Philadelphia will probably bring up images of row homes in the minds of most people. There are some notable exceptions however like The Letitia Penn… continue reading Survivors and Casualties: Domestic Housing in Philadelphia During the 18th and 19th Centuries
By written by David D. January 11, 2019 2
Come and learn about Philadelphia's exciting, dynamic, and often forgotten history with a free guided tour of the Philadelphia: The Changing City exhibition. The tour will be led by… continue reading Free Tours of Philadelphia: The Changing City Exhibition
By written by Joe S. November 5, 2018
This year's National Skyscraper Day falls on Labor Day, as good a day as any to fully appreciate the architectural marvels, engineering efforts, and skilled labor that make up our cities. If… continue reading 9 Things You Should Know About Philadelphia Skyscrapers
By written by Sally F. August 31, 2018 2