Conversations with Radical Traditionalists: Classical Interiors, Historical and Contemporary

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:00 PM Reception, Discussion begins at 6:30 PM
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Modernist design education diminishes, or eliminates entirely, the subject of architectural history. This is well understood by Dr. Elizabeth Dowling, Professor Emerita of Architecture at Georgia Tech, who has taught architectural history for over thirty years and has demonstrated the connections between history and current classicism in her recent book, Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary (Rizzoli, 2013).

In an illustrated lecture using nineteenth-century historical paintings, architectural renderings and current photography, Dr. Dowling will present examples of residential work that demonstrate the continuity of classicism and the vibrancy of current design that draws from the rich history of twenty-five centuries of architecture. She will provide an overview with contemporary examples from twenty American and European firms, with particular focus on the Philadelphia firms of Alvin Holm, John Blatteau and John Milner. Designers, patrons, students and architectural enthusiasts will find classicism’s variety enduringly delightful.

The lecture will take place in the Grant Rooms of the historic Union League of Philadelphia. Please note that copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Beverages will be available for purchase during the reception preceding the lecture.

There are 2 AIA LU credits available for interested attendees to this lecture.

Betty Dowling is a Professor Emerita of architectural history at Georgia Tech and a registered architect until 2005. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Georgia Tech (1971), her Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois (1972), and her Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania (1981). She has received an International Book Award from the American Institute of Architects for her book, American Classicist: the Architecture of Philip Trammell Shutze (Rizzoli, 1989). She has also received the 2001 Arthur Ross Award in the field of education in recognition of her instruction in classical architecture. Her research continues to explore currently practicing classical and traditional designers.

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$20 ICAA members

$25 General public

Free admission for Union League members and students with current ID

The Annual Alvin Holm Lecture: Athena's Wisdom - The Classical Tradition Reborn in America, Christine G. H. Franck

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
6:00PM - 8:00PM
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

There is a renaissance of classicism in the arts, architecture, and civic art today that has the potential to restore beauty, civility, and harmony to our shared American life. The diverse tradition of philosophy, politics, and arts born in Greece, developed in Rome, and adapted across the centuries throughout Europe, was consciously adopted by our country’s founders to guide our nation and express its virtues. Today, a new generation of architects and artists recognize the classical tradition’s essential importance to building a future better than our recent past.

Christine G. H. Franck has been at the forefront of this modern classical renaissance, through her work as a designer, educator, author, and passionate advocate and has observed both extraordinary growth in and significant challenges to contemporary classicism. In her illustrated lecture, Franck will share her perspective on the scope, quality, and concerns of today’s classical renaissance. She will critically examine modern classical architecture, from the canonic to the idiosyncratic, from the public to the private, from the sacred to the mundane. She will introduce the work of both well-known and lesser-known architects, demonstrate the breadth and impact of this inspiring new architecture, and discuss the educational developments underlying and challenging these advances.

This annual lecture honors Alvin Holm, a founding member and President Emeritus of the Philadelphia Chapter of the ICAA. Past lecturers have included architects Gil Schafer, Peter Pennoyer and John B. Murray, as well as architectural historian Anne Walker.

AIA continuing education credits will be available for this lecture for those interested.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, designed in 1845 by John Notman, is an independent member-supported library and museum with collections that document the cultural and intellectual life of Philadelphia.

Christine G. H. Franck is a designer, educator, and author currently serving as the first Director of the new Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture (CARTA) at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning. Franck is a recognized expert on the subjects of architectural education, historic American domestic architecture and modern classical architecture. Her own design work ranges from award-winning residential design to preservation, landscape and decorative projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and has been involved as either a trustee or an advisor for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the International College of Chapters of the International Network of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), the National Civic Art Society (NCAS), and the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.

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$35 General Public

$25 ICAA members

Free for Athenaeum members and students with current ID

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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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