Tagged architecture

What is "Public History", Anyway?

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 are familiar with the annual…

Hey Philly, Take a Hike!

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 neighborhood. Yes, that's right: you…

A History Minute | Father Divine and the Behind the Scenes History of The Divine Lorraine Hotel

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 scandalous history than most Philadelphian's…

Design in the Archives: A Free Evening of Fun and Learning for All Ages!

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 used? Are they free to use? Can anyone…

Neighborhood Beginnings: from Barnyards to Broadway in East Oak Lane

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 to North 5th Street. West Oak Lane…

Survivors and Casualties: Domestic Housing in Philadelphia During the 18th and 19th Centuries

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 house , which started out as a mid-sized,…

Free Tours of Philadelphia: The Changing City Exhibition

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 an exhibition curator in the Dietrich…

9 Things You Should Know About Philadelphia Skyscrapers

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 you've walked or driven around Philly…