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Mural and Architectural Restoration at the Beasley Building

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Beasley Building
1125 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Over the course of its 120 year history, the Beasley Building at 1125 Walnut Street has served as an Episcopal church, Jefferson Medical College building, uniform factory, illegal night club, and now – after meticulous restoration efforts – the offices of the Beasley law firm. In conjunction with its efforts to restore the building’s original architectural character, the Beasley firm commissioned Michael Webb in 1997 to create a mural on the five story rear wall of the building. Webb, one of Philadelphia’s premier mural artists who is known for including architectural elements in his work, created a mural that depicts foundry workers casting iconic Philadelphian sculptures amidst classical archways and decorative elements.

Webb will give an on-site presentation of the 20 year-old mural and its current restoration, and discuss the personal guidelines that he has developed over his career to ensure that murals are formally harmonious with their architectural homes. Webb will describe the process of creating murals from start to finish, and share stories of painting this mural in particular.

The group will then be granted access to the building interior and visit the impressive second floor library, once used as a chapel and the offices of the bishop of Pennsylvania. Jim Mundy, Director of Education and Programming of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia, will discuss the history of the building.

AIA LU continuing education credits are available for this tour.

Michael Webb is a respected mural artist and averaged two mural commissions a year during the height of his career. Formally trained at Pratt Graduate School of Fine Art in New York, Webb taught as a Professor in the Foundation Department of the College of Media and Design Arts at Drexel University from 1974-2001. Following his retirement from teaching in 2002, he has alternated between producing and exhibiting studio work and accepting a wide variety of mural commissions including: The Tree of Knowledge (1301 Market Street), Julian Abele (Julian Abele Park). A native Texan, Webb has lived in Philadelphia since 1973.

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

Cost/Reservations:

General public: $20 ICAA members: $15 Hidden City members: $15

Group size is limited, advance registration required.

Spring Social and House Tour at the Home of Debra and David Magerman

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Merion Station, PA

The doors to Debra and David Magerman’s newly constructed 16,000 square foot home will be open to the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art this spring, for an opportunity to meet old and new friends in a beautiful Main Line setting. Sited on a 4 acre property in Merion Station, the Doric order of the entry portico and limestone façade establishes the proportional rules used throughout the “U” shape planned building.

Attendees will be able to tour the ground floor of the house, and hear about the architectural work from Peter Archer whose firm, Archer & Buchanan, completed the project. Chuck Hess will speak about the landscape architecture, and Steve Hendricks will discuss the millwork.

Light refreshments and beverages will be served, and valet parking will be available.

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Money and Mansions: Suburban Residences by Horace Trumbauer

Saturday, September 23, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The residential manors that brought Horace Trumbauer fame, fortune, and an impressive number of clients and commissions are scattered throughout the Northeast, with some unique examples within short driving distance of Philadelphia. Join us for a day-long excursion to visit several Trumbauer-designed homes that have met various fates, from remaining occupied by the same family for over a century to adaptive reuse as an institutional building.

The tour will include a visit to Ardrossan with Barbara Eberlein of Eberlein Design Consultants, who spent more than a decade restoring the home’s interiors to their original state.

Grey Towers, which has been adapted as part of Arcadia University’s campus, will also be included in the tour. The group will have access to the first and second floors, as well as the stable block.

The group will meet at The Union League of Philadelphia and be transported by coach, with a lunch break in Elkins Park.

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

Advance registration required as group size is limited. Registration will open in the fall.

Architectural Photography Workshop at Christ Church

Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Christ Church
20 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Learn how best to digitally capture the impressive Georgian architecture at Christ Church, where George Washington, Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin were regular parishioners. This hands-on workshop will be led by Tom Crane, Philadelphia’s leading architectural photographer. Both general instruction and individual feedback will be included, as well as a brief presentation about post-production methods by Benjamin Riley.

Christ Church is known as “The Nation’s Church” due to its impressive roster of Revolutionary parishioners. The church was founded in 1695 and the current Georgian style structure dates to 1727. Christ Church includes a steeple designed by Robert Smith and financed by a lottery organized by Benjamin Franklin, an original chandelier in use since installation in 1740, and the baptismal font in which William Penn was baptized among other treasures waiting to be captured in photographs.

Christ Church has had many great organs in its history, including the mid 1830s organ designed by Henry Erben and installed in the West Gallery. Christ Church is currently replacing this instrument and C.B. Fisk will be installing a mechanical action organ into the restored Erben organ case.  Fisk is working with Christ Church, John Milner Architects and other consultants to install this new instrument, which evokes organs of the past and will beautifully and rightly serve the liturgy in our time and the future. Christopher Miller AIA, Principal at John Milner Architects, will describe the project.

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.

Cost/Reservations:

$65 General public $55 ICAA members $40 Students