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.

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: What role has hand drawing historically played in the training of architects? What can we learn from the drawings and sketches of great architects in the past? What role has hand drawing played in the history of construction?

Education: What are the best methods for teaching to sketch by hand? What are the pros and cons of hand drawing in the education of an architect? What are the pros and cons of teaching to draw by computer? How is creativity fostered by hand drawing? Is it fostered in the same way by drawing on the computer?

Practice: The architect as designer – design as diagram vs. the “ugly precision” of the computer? The architect as artist – what is the role of sketching, watercolor, and free hand perspectives in the development of architecture? The architect as craftsman – hand drawing vs. a “click and drag” mentality?

These and other questions will be explored by presenters at the conference. Architects, architectural historians, educators, and students are invited to attend. Submissions are being accepted for consideration until March 31, 2016. Please visit the conference website for additional details at:

Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Union League of Philadelphia
Lincoln Ballroom
140 South Broad 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.