Americans in Paris: Foundations of America's Architectural Gilded Age, with Margot Ellis

Sponsored by:

Pinemar

To register, please visit: https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/americansinparis/

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6:00 PM Reception, Discussion begins at 6:30 PM
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

The architecture school of the University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1868, making it the second oldest such program in the United States. Before then, American students such as Richard Morris Hunt were forced to pursue their architecture studies elsewhere. In 1846, Hunt became the first American student to enroll in Paris’s legendary École des Beaux-Arts and he was followed by hundreds of compatriots who also passed the rigorous entrance exam that granted them admission to Europe’s most prestigious school of art and architecture. Upon their return to the United States, many of these École graduates had an enormous impact on the architecture of their young nation. Some of the most iconic American buildings - the Boston Public Library, the New York Public Library, and Hearst Castle, to name but a few - were designed by Beaux-Arts-trained architects. 

In her illustrated lecture, Margot Ellis will discuss the impact of the École des Beaux-Arts on American architecture, including a few local buildings. Philadelphian examples of Beaux-Arts influence can be found in the work of Paul Cret (designer of the Rodin Museum and Federal Reserve Bank), George Howe (designer of the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society skyscraper), and Zantziger, Borie & Medary (who designed the Philadelphia Museum of Art).

Margot M. Ellis, co-author of Americans in Paris, Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age (Rizzoli, 2014), was educated at Manhattanville College and Harvard University. She will discuss the demanding formal training and subsequent careers of some of the most successful and well-known American École graduates. 

One AIA LU will be available for this lecture. Please bring your AIA membership number in order to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Cost/Reservations:

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

The Architecture of John Simpson: The Timeless Language of Classicism, Annual Alvin Holm Lecture

Sponsored by:

John Milner Architects​

To register, please visit: https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/the-architecture-of-john-simpson/

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:00 PM Reception, Discussion begins at 6:30 PM
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

London-based classical architect, John Simpson, shapes his design ethos around the notion that architecture is a public art, where each facade forms the character and shape of the public realm. The streets, squares, and major civic spaces that we use all create an architectural language that is recognizable and also shapes our collective cultural experience. As one of the world’s leading practitioners of New Classicism, a contemporary architecture movement that continues the practice of classical and traditional architecture, Simpson embraces the virtues of durability, functionality, and beauty.

Simpson’s architecture is built to last, to be beautiful, and to ensure the comfort and ease of those who experience it - be it the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace or an apartment in a historic building in New York. In his illustrated lecture, Simpson will present some of the thirty diverse projects highlighted in the recently published book, The Architecture of John Simpson: The Timeless Language of Classicism (Rizzoli New York, 2016). A range of work will be included, from small-scale residential and apartment designs, to country house, town house, and large-scale institutional projects.

John Simpson studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He has received numerous prestigious honors, including the Palladio Award, the Royal Institute of British Architects Award, The Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust Building of the Year Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, among others.

1.5 AIA LU credits will be available for this lecture. Please bring your AIA membership number in order to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Cost/Reservations:

$20 ICAA members $25 General public Free admission for Union League members

Framing Rittenhouse Square: A Walking Tour of Historic Windows and Doors Led by Jim Mundy

Sponsored by:

​North American Window & Door Co., Inc.

Kolbe Windows & Doors

To register, please visit: https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/framing-rittenhouse-square/

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Group meets at 10:30 AM, Lunch at Dandelion Pub at 2 PM
Meeting location: The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

The neighborhoods surrounding Rittenhouse Square provide some of the most intriguing and diverse forms of domestic and institutional architecture in Philadelphia’s Center City. The city’s booming economy after the Civil War fostered expanding upper middle and upper classes who wanted to live around the historic square in houses designed by some of the city’s leading architects of the day such as: Frank Furness, Theophilus Parsons Chandler, Charles Barton Keen, Wilson Eyre and many others.

This tour of the neighborhood’s late 19th and early 20th century architectural legacy, with a focus on notable historic windows and doors, will provide a visual and historical introduction to the still vibrant urban neighborhood.

The tour will meet at The Union League of Philadelphia, where coffee and light refreshments will be provided. The group will then embark on a three-hour walking tour, and dine at Dandelion Pub for lunch (included in the registration fee).

AIA LU continuing education credits are available for this tour.

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:

$30 ICAA members $40 General public $25 Students with current ID

Private Tour: Longwood Gardens Main Fountain Restoration

Sponsored by:

Rittenhouse Builders

To register, please visit: https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/longwood-gardens/

Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:30 PM
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Nowhere else in the world is there a setting that marries fountains, theater, and garden, establishing the Longwood Garden Main Fountain Garden as the finest performance fountain in the world. After a three-year renovation by an all-star-cast of designers, this legendary space reopened to the public in the summer of 2017. The ICAA Philadelphia Chapter is pleased to offer a private tour of the new Main Fountain Garden, led by Miriam Kelly, Senior Associate at Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), who designed a major rehabilitation for the 80 year-old complex, which had been chronically compromised by numerous mechanical problems and aging infrastructure. Guests will also be given access to the pumphouse plaza, lobby, and tunnels―areas typically not made available to the public.

The tour will begin at 5:30PM and will offer guests the full context of the renovation project, covering such topics as stone restoration, horticulture, the innovation behind the new fountains, the inclusion of the grotto, and a rare peek into the tunnel infrastructure. Following the tour, guests are invited to enjoy the gardens—tickets include admission to Longwood’s celebrated fountain performance once the sun sets.

Miriam Kelly is a British Architect experienced in the repair and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. In 2006, she won the prestigious Lethaby Scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and has since joined the UK’s Register for Architects Accredited in Building Conservation. She holds two Masters Degrees in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Before moving to the United States, Miriam worked at some of the most sensitive historic sites in the UK including Windsor Castle, the Royal Pavilion Estate, Lowther Castle and Bath Abbey.

Cost/Reservations:

$30 ICAA Members/$45 General Public