SOLD OUT: Philadelphia Mormon Temple: Architectural Tour and Lecture with Bradford Houston

Sponsored by:

Evergreene Architectural Arts

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Temple Tour at 5:20 PM; Lecture and Reception following at Top of the Tower from 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Tour location:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
1739 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Lecture and Reception:
Top of the Tower
Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch Street
51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Join the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for a rare opportunity to tour and learn about the recently completed Mormon Temple on Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Bradford Houston, the manager of architectural design for the Temple Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The tour will take place during the brief period when the temple is opened to the general public prior to its dedication, and will be followed by a lecture by Houston about his experiences working on temples throughout the world and the significance of the Philadelphia Temple’s classical design within the greater context of the history of Mormon temple architecture.

The lecture and following reception will take place in the Trumbauer banquet room at Top of the Tower, an exclusive venue that provides an unparalleled 51st floor view of the temple and surrounding areas. Attendees will have access to the roof observatory and be able to enjoy 360 degree views.

The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is the first Mormon temple in the state, and has been designed to complement the architecture of neighboring buildings on the Parkway as well as historic structures throughout the city. The spires purposefully echo the clock tower at Independence Hall, and the interior will include period furnishings reminiscent of historic Philadelphia. The Temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016 – one day after the 229th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

Bradford Houston is an independent planning and design consultant specializing in classical architecture as well as traditional urban planning. Brad received his Master of Architecture degree from Notre Dame University in 2006. In 2010 he was recruited by the Temple Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints specifically for his training in classical architecture. During his time working for the Mormon Church he has been involved in the designs of numerous worldwide temples including those in Sapporo, Japan and Suva, Fiji.


Tour: 5:20pm registration for 5:30pm departure

Lecture and Reception: 6:30-8pm at Top of the Tower

Latecomers and late registrants will miss the tour, as groups must enter the Temple together during previously reserved time slots.

Advance reservations are required and provide for the Lecture and Reception. All lecture/reception reservations with the ICAA also include our free tour at 5:20 pm.

Those interested in tours only (without the lecture and reception) should register thru the Mormon Temple website.

Modest dress is requested.


Registration/Fees for lecture and reception (includes tour but space is limited): $80 General Public $60 ICAA members

Architectural Photography and Design at Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Saturday, September 24, 2016
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bryn Athyn Cathedral
900 Cathedral Road
Bryn Athyn, PA 19009

Please join us for this rare opportunity to view Bryn Athyn Cathedral, one of the region’s most iconic buildings, through a photographer’s lens and a craftsman’s eyes. The class will include interior and exterior photography tutelage from Philadelphia’s leading architectural photographer, Tom Crane. Steve Hendricks will discuss the challenge of engineering interventions with timeless solutions, resulting in millwork that looks original to the space. Historic Doors, LLC was asked to provide architectural woodwork for the Bryn Athyn Cathedral over a period of four years, and one of the projects featured is a 2016 Palladio Award winner. The Bryn Athyn Cathedral Director will speak about the history of its design.

Dedicated for church use in 1919, Bryn Athyn Cathedral was constructed between 1913 and 1928 with interior work continuing into the 1940s. The symbolic plan of the Cathedral is based on the teachings of the New Church, and the main building is Gothic with northern and southern buildings in the early Romanesque style. Stone, wood, metal, and stained glass workshops were built on the grounds during construction, allowing designers and craftsmen to create everything on site and collaborate. In order to represent the unpredictable path of human growth, the Cathedral design includes intentional departures from vertical and horizontal lines.

There are 4 AIA LU credits available for this class.

Steve Hendricks is the founder and lead designer of Historic Doors, LLC a company that produces custom wood doors and traditional joinery for universities, churches and residences throughout the country. Hendricks has studied at both the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art in New York and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. He is the author of Historic American Doors (1996), a compilation of drawings from the Historic American Buildings Survey. A lifelong learner, Hendricks enjoys expanding his knowledge of Classical architecture and perennial philosophy, and is currently President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Tom Crane’s love of architectural photography began when he was a Peace Corps volunteer fascinated by the designs embedded into mud buildings in northern Nigerian villages. Upon returning to the United States he apprenticed with Ezra Stoller, the “grandfather of architectural photography”. Crane has been based in Philadelphia since 1971, and his independent architectural and interior photography practice has documented several regional projects. His studio has been located in a restored barn in Bryn Mawr for the past 30 years. Crane is currently a board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.


$65 General public $55 ICAA members $35 Students

Registration fees include a sandwich lunch to be enjoyed on the Cathedral grounds. Please designate any dietary restrictions when you reserve your tickets.


The Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana

From the time that Vitruvius defined architecture as “an expertise born of both practice and reasoning,” architects have first envisioned buildings as lines on paper before they could be realized in brick, stone, wood, steel, and glass. At the beginning of the 21st century, we are witnessing a profound shift away from hand drawing towards a reliance on the computer in both architectural education and the profession.

What effect is this loss of hand drawing having on the creative process of design, and ultimately, on the quality of the built environment? What are we giving up in this technological shift, and what should we preserve?

This conference will explore the role of hand drawing in architecture from a variety of perspectives, focusing on three broad categories: History, Education, and Practice.

Architects, architectural historians, educators, and students are invited to attend the conference. Please visit the conference website for additional details at:

Sponsored by:

Griffiths Construction, Inc.

Advanced registration is recommended. To register, please click here or email Melissa Nevadomski at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Teca Restaurant
38 E Gay St
West Chester, PA 19380

Please join the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for a special reception recognizing our sponsors and members on Wednesday, October 5 at Teca Restaurant. Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of our sponsors and members, we’re able to plan vibrant lectures, offer extensive continuing education courses, and build a dynamic professional network throughout the Philadelphia community. We hope you can come celebrate with your fellow ICAA supporters!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 5:30PM-7:30PM Teca Restaurant 38 E Gay St West Chester, PA 19380

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

Advanced registration is recommended. To register, please visit or email Melissa Nevadomski at

Horace Trumbauer Walking Tour, DesignPhiladelphia Partner Event

Saturday, October 15, 2016
10:00am - noon
Meeting location:
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Horace Trumbauer was Philadelphia’s most prolific architect, whose work can be found across the United States. He is best known, perhaps, for his New York and Newport Gilded Age mansions. In Philadelphia, however, his firm also designed a large number of institutional buildings as well as private residences. Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – Philadelphia and Jim Mundy, Director of Education and Programming for the Union League of Philadelphia, for a walking tour that explores Trumbauer-designed buildings that have housed Philadelphia’s premier cultural and social institutions over the past century.

The tour will begin at the Union League of Philadelphia, where we will learn about the exterior and interior spaces of this landmark institution. Our tour will then proceed through Center City to include such buildings as the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Racquet Club, the original Ritz Carlton hotel, the St. James apartment house, the Widener Building, the YMCA, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then through the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood to see examples of Trumbauer’s domestic architecture. The tour will end at Rittenhouse Square.

Jim Mundy is the Director of Education and Programming for the Foundations of the Union League of Philadelphia. He is an alumnus of The Attingham Summer School for the Study of British Houses and Collections and is presently the President of The Woodlands Cemetery Company and the Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation. Jim has also given architecture tours for the Preservation Alliance.


$20 Please click “submit” to register.

Please note that the tour is limited to the first 15 registrants.

Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards Ceremony

Sponsored by:

Thank you to our many

generous 2016 sponsors


Debra & David Magerman


The Abraham Lincoln
Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia

Dyad Communications

North American Window & Door


C. Raymond Davis & Sons

Felber Ornamental

Peter Zimmerman Architects

Tague Lumber

Uncommon Events


LePage Millwork

Lundy, Beldecos & Milby


Maggpie Vintage

And the many Patrons, Leaders and Friends

of the ICAA Philadelphia Chapter

whose support helps make our educational programs possible.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Union League of Philadelphia
Lincoln Ballroom
1450 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce the Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards. The awards program honors internationally renowned native Philadelphian architect Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938) and recognizes contemporary projects characterized by the breadth and inclusiveness present in his work. The winners and finalists of the Inaugural Trumbauer Awards will be recognized at this ceremonial reception and cocktail gala in the Trumbauer-designed Lincoln Ballroom at The Union League of Philadelphia. The presentation of awards will be led by Tom Savage, Director of Museum Affairs at Winterthur.

“In putting together the Trumbauer Awards – while it has a classical and traditional focus – we wanted to see breadth and be inclusive, and that’s very much the way people, rightly, think about Trumbauer,” said Barbara Eberlein, president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA. “Here was someone who started in the drafting room, and worked and worked and worked, and presto. There’s something that feels very Philadelphian about that. We feel like he’s our guy.”

Trumbauer’s extraordinary success followed modest professional and social beginnings, and he was unrivaled in the early 20th century in American architecture for the quantity and magnificence of his projects. “When Philadelphia boasts of its native sons, as occasionally it does the architects among them, let the place of Horace Trumbauer be the first of the chosen,” Henry Hope Reed wrote of Trumbauer.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cocktail Reception & Fine Fare at 6:00 in the evening

followed by

Awards Ceremony at 7:30 in the evening


Dessert & Dancing at 8:15 in the evening


Trumbauer Ambassadors: $250 (includes sponsorship of a student attendee)
Supporters: $150
ICAA members: $125
Students (full time university): $50

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