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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

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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.


$65 General public $55 ICAA members $40 Students

Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line

Monday, November 13, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Few houses remain that are like the Georgian Revival “Big House” on the Ardrossan estate, designed by celebrated classical architect Horace Trumbauer and commissioned by Robert Montgomery. A sumptuous representation of grand country architecture at the turn of the 20th century, the house is the centerpiece of the impressively expansive Ardrossan estate. In this illustrated lecture combining both archival and newly commissioned photographs, David Wren will present highlights of his recently published book about Ardrossan, its architecture, and the family that has called it home for over a century.

Wren’s monograph comprises the first book about the history of Ardrossan, and assembles materials preserved at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the Montgomery-Scott-Wheeler family archive. As Ardrossan’s leading historian, Wren has had unprecedented access to the estate and intimate family history.

The White Allom and Company interiors, faithfully restored by Eberlein Design Consultants, received the 2016 Trumbauer Award for Residential Interior Design.

The lecture will take place in 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. The dress code at the Union League is business casual (i.e. collared shirt and slacks for men and something comparable for women). Jeans and sneakers are not permitted.

David Nelson Wren is an independent scholar and investigative reporter.


$20 ICAA members $25 General public Free admission for Union League members and students with current ID