Past Events

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

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.

Please see link on upper left to purchase tickets, or visit https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/spring

Mural and Architectural Restoration at the Beasley Building

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.

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.



Cost/Reservations:

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

Group size is limited, advance registration required.

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

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.

Please see link on upper left to purchase tickets, or visit https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/christinefranck/



Cost/Reservations:

$35 General Public

$25 ICAA members

Free for Athenaeum members and students with current ID

To purchase tickets, please visit: https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/christinefranck/

Conversations with Radical Traditionalists: Classical Interiors, Historical and Contemporary

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.

Please see link on upper left to purchase tickets or visit https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/conversations-with-radical-traditionalists/



Cost/Reservations:

$20 ICAA members

$25 General public

Free admission for Union League members and students with current ID

Trumbauer Awards Winners' Showcase at the Historic Home Show

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Historic Home Show
Valley Forge Casino Resort & Convention Center
King of Prussia, PA

Come admire the winning projects of the inaugural Trumbauer Awards at the Historic Home Show. This annual show is the only national event dedicated to restoring, renovating, and furnishing traditional and historic homes, as well as building historically inspired new homes.

All 10 winning projects will be exhibited in this show dedicated to the best in today’s craftsmanship. John Milner, FAIA — Principal, John Milner Architects and winner of two Trumbauer Awards — will also lead a lecture on how to build a “new old house” as part of the event’s Old House University (Saturday, January 28th at 1:30 p.m.). Of interest to both homeowners and professionals, the Historic Home Show showcases products, services and fine crafts providers who can assist attendees with their period-inspired projects.

The Historic Home Show graciously extends complimentary admission to ICAA members to the show and John Milner’s lecture. Professional ICAA members are also encouraged to invite a client to the show with complimentary admission. For further details and to receive a ticket, please email icaaphila@gmail.com.

Call for volunteers! We kindly ask interested members to volunteer for a two-hour shift at our booth during the event. For more information, please contact us at icaaphila@gmail.com.

For more details and to register, please visit: www.historichomeshows.com



Cost/Reservations:

For reservations, please visit: https://secure.historichomeshow.com/chase/hhs-register.php

Sketching Social at The Union League of Philadelphia

Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Union League of Philadelphia
1450 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art—Philadelphia for an opportunity to sketch the interior of the historic Union League of Philadelphia, followed by discussion and lunch at a nearby restaurant.

We will focus on the Neo-Classical interiors of the 1910 addition, designed by Horace Trumbauer. Trumbauer’s 1910 Beaux Arts addition to the Union League clubhouse was a radical departure from the four brick and brownstone Second Empire buildings erected between 1865 and 1893 that made up “the League House.” The five story limestone-clad building dwarfed the existing brownstone buildings, and present one of the most incongruous architectural sights in Philadelphia. The interiors were equally new and different. The neo-classical elegance of the hallways and rooms would captivate the imagination of the members. The “Fifteenth Street” building of the League house is practically unchanged since it opened in 1910. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience the visual sensations of Philadelphia’s greatest architect.

We’ll start sketching at 10AM and enjoy lunch together by noon at a local restaurant. Sketching socials are free and open to all; however, those who decide to go out for lunch afterwards pay their own way. Attendees are also responsible for bringing their own supplies. You may bring whatever media you prefer, but suggested materials are pencils and a pad of paper.

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

Registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. Please note that visitors to the Union League must adhere to the business casual dress code (collared shirt and slacks for men and something comparable for women). Jeans and sneakers are not permitted.

Please email icaaphila@gmail.com to register and receive additional details.



Cost/Reservations:

Free and open to the public

Inaugural Horace Trumbauer Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Union League of Philadelphia
Lincoln Ballroom
1450 Sansom 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. 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.

The winners will be recognized at a ceremonial reception and cocktail gala in the Trumbauer-designed Lincoln Ballroom at The Union League of Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 9th. The ballroom will be furnished in the manner of a Trumbauer-era home and the evening will include commentary by Tom Savage of Winterthur, an awards ceremony, live jazz music, dancing and delicious food.

THE INAUGURAL TRUMBAUER AWARDS

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cocktail Reception & Fine Fare at 6:00 in the evening

followed by

Awards Ceremony at 7:30 in the evening

then

Dessert & Dancing at 8:15 in the evening



Cost/Reservations:

Trumbauer Ambassadors: $250 (includes sponsorship of a student attendee)
Supporters: $150
ICAA members: $125
Students (full time university): $50

For tickets, please visit: icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/trumbauerawards

Horace Trumbauer Walking Tour, DesignPhiladelphia Partner Event

Saturday, October 15, 2016
10:00am - noon
Meeting location:
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Horace Trumbauer was Philadelphia’s most prolific architect, whose work can be found across the United States. He is best known, perhaps, for his New York and Newport Gilded Age mansions. In Philadelphia, however, his firm also designed a large number of institutional buildings as well as private residences. Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – Philadelphia and Jim Mundy, Director of Education and Programming for the Union League of Philadelphia, for a walking tour that explores Trumbauer-designed buildings that have housed Philadelphia’s premier cultural and social institutions over the past century.

The tour will begin at the Union League of Philadelphia, where we will learn about the exterior and interior spaces of this landmark institution. Our tour will then proceed through Center City to include such buildings as the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Racquet Club, the original Ritz Carlton hotel, the St. James apartment house, the Widener Building, the YMCA, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then through the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood to see examples of Trumbauer’s domestic architecture. The tour will end at Rittenhouse Square.

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

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.



Cost/Reservations:

$20

Please note that the tour is limited to the first 15 registrants.

ICAA Sponsor and Member Reception

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
5:30PM-7:00PM
Teca Restaurant
38 E Gay St
West Chester, PA 19380

Please join the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for a special reception recognizing our sponsors and members on Wednesday, October 5 at Teca Restaurant. Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of our sponsors and members, we’re able to plan vibrant lectures, offer extensive continuing education courses, and build a dynamic professional network throughout the Philadelphia community. We hope you can come celebrate with your fellow ICAA supporters!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 5:30PM-7:00PM Teca Restaurant 38 E Gay St West Chester, PA 19380

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

Advanced registration is recommended. To register, please visit https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/sponsor-and-member-reception/ or email Melissa Nevadomski at icaaphila@gmail.com

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, Education, and Practice.

Architects, architectural historians, educators, and students are invited to attend the conference. Please visit the conference website for additional details at: https://artofarchitecturend.wordpress.com

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.

There are 4 AIA LU credits available for this class.

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.



Cost/Reservations:

$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.

SOLD OUT: Philadelphia Mormon Temple: Architectural Tour and Lecture with Bradford Houston

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Temple Tour at 5:20 PM; Lecture and Reception following at Top of the Tower from 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Tour location:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
1739 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Lecture and Reception:
Top of the Tower
Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch Street
51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

We apologize, this event has sold out. To be the first to know about ICAA events, we encourage you to become a member. To learn more about member benefits, please visit www.classicist.org.

Join the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for a rare opportunity to tour and learn about the recently completed Mormon Temple on Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Bradford Houston, the manager of architectural design for the Temple Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The tour will take place during the brief period when the temple is opened to the general public prior to its dedication, and will be followed by a lecture by Houston about his experiences working on temples throughout the world and the significance of the Philadelphia Temple’s classical design within the greater context of the history of Mormon temple architecture.

The lecture and following reception will take place in the Trumbauer banquet room at Top of the Tower, an exclusive venue that provides an unparalleled 51st floor view of the temple and surrounding areas. Attendees will have access to the roof observatory and be able to enjoy 360 degree views.

The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is the first Mormon temple in the state, and has been designed to complement the architecture of neighboring buildings on the Parkway as well as historic structures throughout the city. The spires purposefully echo the clock tower at Independence Hall, and the interior will include period furnishings reminiscent of historic Philadelphia. The Temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, September 18, 2016 – one day after the 229th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

Bradford Houston is an independent planning and design consultant specializing in classical architecture as well as traditional urban planning. Brad received his Master of Architecture degree from Notre Dame University in 2006. In 2010 he was recruited by the Temple Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints specifically for his training in classical architecture. During his time working for the Mormon Church he has been involved in the designs of numerous worldwide temples including those in Sapporo, Japan and Suva, Fiji.

SCHEDULE:

Tour: 5:20pm registration for 5:30pm departure

Lecture and Reception: 6:30-8pm at Top of the Tower

Latecomers and late registrants will miss the tour, as groups must enter the Temple together during previously reserved time slots.

Advance reservations are required and provide for the Lecture and Reception. All lecture/reception reservations with the ICAA also include our free tour at 5:20 pm.

Those interested in tours only (without the lecture and reception) should register thru the Mormon Temple website.

Modest dress is requested.



Cost/Reservations:

Registration/Fees for lecture and reception (includes tour but space is limited): $80 General Public $60 ICAA members

AIA Tour: Sketching the Rittenhouse Square Brownstone Churches of John Notman

Saturday, May 21, 2016
2:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Tour departs from the Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

As timelessly beautiful as they were 150 years ago, John Notman’s Romanesque and Gothic Revival brownstone churches have stood the test of time. This tour includes discussion of the sociopolitical environment of 19th century Philadelphia, architectural conversation of Notman’s styles, and onsite observation and sketching.

2 AIA LUs/HSW/RIBA are available to attendees of this tour.



Cost/Reservations:

$70 Advance registration is required through the AIA convention website: http://convention.aia.org/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/36044

AIA Tour: Sketching the Rittenhouse Square Brownstone Churches of John Notman

Friday, May 20, 2016
2:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Tour departs from the Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

As timelessly beautiful as they were 150 years ago, John Notman’s Romanesque and Gothic Revival brownstone churches have stood the test of time. This tour includes discussion of the sociopolitical environment of 19th century Philadelphia, architectural conversation of Notman’s styles, and onsite observation and sketching.

2 AIA LUs/HSW/RIBA are available to attendees of this tour.



Cost/Reservations:

$70 Advance registration required through the AIA convention website: http://convention.aia.org/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/36536

AIA Tour: Sketching the Rittenhouse Square Brownstone Churches of John Notman

Thursday, May 19, 2016
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tour departs from the Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Church of the Holy Trinity and Saint Mark’s Church demonstrate architect John Notman’s mastery of the Romanesque and Gothic Revival styles. Discussion of the social and political environments of 19th Century Philadelphia will accompany an architectural conversation of both styles. Through on-site observation and sketching, participants will discover how individual design elements join to create timeless beauty which resonates with today’s observer in much the same way as when originally designed over 150 years ago.

2 AIA LUs/HSW/RIBA credits are available to attendees of this tour.



Cost/Reservations:

$70 Advance registration required through the AIA convention website: http://convention.aia.org/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/36045

Freehand Drawing at The Woodlands from a Classical Point of View

Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Woodlands
4000 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brush up on your drawing skills and learn about local history at the unique setting of The Woodlands with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, for a morning of illuminating some fundamentals of composition in the classical tradition as well as some hints on setting up a convincing perspective. Drawing instruction will be led by veteran classicist, Alvin Holm, who will focus on the ample classical elements on the grounds.

James Mundy, Board President of The Woodlands, will discuss the historic 54 acre plot and the impressive neoclassical home of William Hamilton, built in 1786. Now a National Historic Landmark District, The Woodlands currently houses two 18th century buildings, elaborate funerary monuments, and impressive greenery. Mundy will also provide information about exciting preservation work recently completed and currently underway, including the unveiling of a cryptoporticus originally added by Hamilton.

The Woodlands welcomes attendees with open arms and doors, and purchase of the class will include admission to the mansion interior.

An 8 ½ x 11 inch bound sketchbook is recommended along with a black pencil with 2B lead.

Artists and architects with some freehand skill are encouraged to attend, although beginners will not be bored. 4 AIA LU credits are available for this class to those interested.

Alvin Holm is a devotee of the Classical tradition, and an early board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. His past projects include institutional designs such as the European painting and sculpture galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as numerous historic buildings and residences in greater Philadelphia. An experienced teacher, Alvin Holm has previously instructed at the National Academy of Design in New York, Moore College of Art and Design, Temple University, Drexel University, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). Alvin Holm received his BA from Yale College in 1958, and his M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962.



Cost/Reservations:

$25 ICAA members;

$15 Students/seniors;

$35 General public.

Advance registration is required.

Brownstones & Beers: Sketching the Philadelphia Churches of John Notman, Saint Clement's Church

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Sketching begins at 9:45am, Beers and lunch at noon
Saint Clement's Church
2013 Appletree Street

Saint Clement’s Church is the third Episcopal Church to be designed by John Notman. Built between 1856 and 1859 in the Romanesque Revival Style and constructed entirely of brownstone, the main façade on 20th Street is dominated by the bell tower and a semi-circular apse. The apse features a blind arcade of simple columns and Romanesque arches. During the widening of 20th Street in 1929, the church was raised onto steel beams and moved forty feet to its current foundation. Suggested location for beer/lunch: Kite and Key 1836 Callowhill Street.

As the sketching social is casual in nature and open to all abilities and interest, participants may bring any media they choose to sketch. Suggested supplies are a pad of paper and pencils. 1 AIA LU credit is available for those interested.

Join Scott O’Barr and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art—Philadelphia for three delightful Saturday sessions of sketching the mastery of three spectacular John Notman churches, followed by discussion and beers at nearby pubs.

We’ll start sketching at 9:45AM and enjoy lunch together by noon at a local restaurant. Sketching socials are free to members and non-members alike; however, everyone pays their own way once we arrive at the pubs!

J. Scott O’Barr is a Senior Associate at John Milner Architects, the firm that recently completed renovation work for Saint Mark’s Church. Scott holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, and has continued his education through the ICAA, where he received the Edward Vason Jones Prize for the Rome Drawing and Painting Tour.



Cost/Reservations:

Free and open to the public (attendees responsible for purchasing their own beers and lunch). Advance registration recommended, but not required. Please register via email to icaaphila@gmail.com.

John B. Murray - Context, Character, and Purpose: The Synthesis of Design; Our annual Alvin Holm lecture

Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Join the ICAA-Philadelphia at the illustrious Athenaeum of Philadelphia, as we recognize the architectural work of John B. Murray. Murray will speak about his process in developing his signature, award winning designs. The concepts of context, character, and purpose will be brought to light through four diverse projects that embody the practice of classical invention. Murray’s firm is committed to the traditional aesthetic – a simplicity of form and supreme craftsmanship.

John B. Murray grew up in Philadelphia and moved to New York City in 1979 to begin his architectural career. During his tenure at Parish-Hadley Associates, he discovered a love for residential architecture and began to refine his understanding and appreciation of the vital relationship between traditional architecture, interior design and decoration. Murray embarked upon his own practice in 1988, with the formation of Ferguson Murray Architects. The growth of his firm evolved into the founding of his own independent practice in 1997, John B. Murray Architect, LLC.

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 and Peter Pennoyer, as well as architectural historian Anne Walker.

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.



Cost/Reservations:

Free to ICAA and Athenaeum members;
$10 General public.
Please register in advance by emailing events@philaathenaeum.org or calling 215-925-2688. Online registrations can be made at: http://www.philaathenaeum.org/programs.html

Introduction to Proportion

Saturday, February 6, 2016
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (includes a one-hour lunch break)
Voith & Mactavish Architects
2401 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

SOLD OUT

The study of proportion as a design tool in traditional architecture has an illustrious history. Michelangelo and da Vinci are among those who rediscovered some of its ancient secrets. Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Fellow Steve Bass will introduce this fascinating topic during a daylong lecture and demonstration class. Content will include: an explanation of the concept of symbolic or qualitative number, an introduction to Pythagorean and Platonic numerical philosophy, the relation of number to beauty, the derivation of the ancient musical octave, discussion of the Golden Section, its mathematics, geometry, relation to philosophy, and particularly its role as geometrical “logos”, and the connection of these ideas to the numerical-geometrical canons of classical architecture.

These ideas will be applied to historical archetypes (such as the four column portico and the small house) through demonstrations using arithmetic, geometric, and harmonic ratio methods. The course may be taken as an introduction to these ideas or as a review for those who have some background with the subject.

Materials - Participants should bring pencils, graphic markers, or pen and ink, a compass, straightedge, and paper, either loose or in a notebook, 9” x 12” or larger.

AIA continuing education credits are available for those interested. There is no required reading for the course. Registered students will receive a class handout in digital form, as well as a recommended reading list.

Steve Bass has maintained a small personal architectural practice in the New York City area since 1974. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, 1970 and a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London, 1991. Bass is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York City where he teaches on the theoretical and applied aspects of proportion and geometry in design. His book, ‘Proportion in Architecture’ is currently in preparation.



Cost/Reservations:

$110 ICAA members $85 Students/seniors $140 General public

This event is SOLD OUT. We hope to see you at future events.

Brownstones & Beers: Sketching the Philadelphia Churches of John Notman, Saint Mark's Church

Saturday, January 9, 2016
Sketching begins at 9:45am, Beers and lunch at noon
Saint Mark's Church
1625 Locust Street

Saint Mark’s Church was built in the Gothic Revival Style between 1847 and 1849. Notman based his design on an original design by English Architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter. The tower, designed by Notman, was completed in 1865 by architect George W. Hewitt. The last addition, The Lady Chapel, was designed by Cope & Stewardson and completed in 1900. Suggested location for beer/lunch: Black Sheep 247 S 17th Street.

As the sketching social is casual in nature and open to all abilities and interest, participants may bring any media they choose to sketch. Suggested supplies are a pad of paper and pencils.

Join Scott O’Barr and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art—Philadelphia for three delightful Saturday sessions of sketching the mastery of three spectacular John Notman churches, followed by discussion and beers at nearby pubs.

We’ll start sketching at 9:45AM and enjoy lunch together by noon at a local restaurant. Sketching socials are free to members and non-members alike; however, everyone pays their own way once we arrive at the pubs!

J. Scott O’Barr is a Senior Associate at John Milner Architects, the firm that recently completed renovation work for Saint Mark’s Church. Scott holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, and has continued his education through the ICAA, where he received the Edward Vason Jones Prize for the Rome Drawing and Painting Tour.



Cost/Reservations:

Free and open to the public (attendees responsible for purchasing their own beers and lunch). Advance registration recommended, but not required. Please register via email to icaaphila@gmail.com.

Annual Fall Social & Second Annual Golden Reed Awards

Saturday, November 14, 2015
5 PM - 8 PM, Tour begins at 6 PM
The Union League of Philadelphia
Library and Banquet Suite, 2nd Floor
1450 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Pull back the curtain and enjoy an evening in the private Library Lounge of The Union League of Philadelphia with ICAA Philadelphia’s all new Fall Social on Saturday, November 14th. Join Barbara Eberlein, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and James Mundy, Director of Education and Programming at The Union League, Philadelphia’s preeminent Civil War institution and private city club. Eberlein, who has designed of several of the building’s rooms, says that Mundy “can give you what you always wish for with an introduction to a new city, or a museum. That somebody would just give you the wild romp, the insider scoop and the 30 minute version with everything you need to know, all interwoven.”

The Union League of Philadelphia was founded on December 27, 1862 as a patriotic social society to suppress the Rebellion and support President Abraham Lincoln. A tour of the League House includes the art, architecture, and history of one of most symbolic buildings in Philadelphia. On view are the 300 paintings and sculptures in the art collection, housed in the three sections of the clubhouse erected in 1865 (Broad Street Building, John Fraser, architect, Second Empire), 1910 (15th Street Building, Horace Trumbauer, architect, Beaux Arts), and 1911 (Middle Building, Trumbauer). Trumbauer was a member of the League at the time he designed the two sections of the clubhouse.

The tour will be followed by recognition of Joseph Fox’s work at the second annual Golden Reed award ceremony, named for Henry Hope Reed who created the organization now known as the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art in 1968. The Philadelphia Chapter has designed an award program for individuals and organizations that embody Henry’s vision of renewal and growth in the classical tradition of America. It is named “The Golden Reed” recalling his Henry’s seminal book, The Golden City.

PROGRAM 5-5:30 PM Champagne and Savories in the Library

5:30 PM Tour of The Union League of Philadelphia with Barbara Eberlein, ASID and James Mundy, Director of Education at The Union League

6:30 PM Golden Reed Award Ceremony Recipient: Michael Fox, Proprietor of Joseph Fox Bookshop

5:30-8 PM Cocktails, Artisanal Cheeses, and Savories in the Banquet Suite



Cost/Reservations:

$75 ICAA & Union League members; $100 General Public

Due to space constraints, advance registration is required. No ticket sales at the door.

Brownstones & Beers: Sketching the Philadelphia Churches of John Notman, The Church of the Holy Trinity

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Sketching begins at 9:45am, Beers and lunch at noon
The Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut Street (corner of Walnut St. and W. Rittenhouse Square)

Designed by John Notman in 1857, the first service was held at The Church of the Holy Trinity on March 27, 1859. The large bell tower was added in 1867 under the supervision of George W. Hewitt of Fraser Furness & Hewitt. The church is also known for five stained glass windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Suggested location for beer/lunch: The Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut Street.

As the sketching social is casual in nature and open to all abilities and interest, participants may bring any media they choose to sketch. Suggested supplies are a pad of paper and pencils.

Join Scott O’Barr and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art—Philadelphia for three delightful Saturday sessions of sketching the mastery of three spectacular John Notman churches, followed by discussion and beers at nearby pubs.

We will focus on three Episcopal Churches designed by John Notman between 1847 and 1859: The Church of the Holy Trinity, Saint Mark’s Church, and Saint Clement’s Church. All three Rittenhouse neighborhood structures are built of brownstone and demonstrate Notman’s mastery of Romanesque and Gothic Revival styles.

We’ll start sketching at 9:45AM and enjoy lunch together by noon at a local restaurant. Sketching socials are free to members and non-members alike; however, everyone pays their own way once we arrive at the pubs!

J. Scott O’Barr is a Senior Associate at John Milner Architects, the firm that recently completed renovation work for Saint Mark’s Church. Scott holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, and has continued his education through the ICAA, where he received the Edward Vason Jones Prize for the Rome Drawing and Painting Tour.



Cost/Reservations:

Free and open to the public (attendees responsible for purchasing their own beers and lunch). Advance registration recommended, but not required. Please register via email to icaaphila@gmail.com.

It's a Classic! Design Adventures in Architectural Archaeology

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
6:30 pm -- 8:30 pm
1831 Delancey Place
Philadelphia

—SOLD OUT—

As architects and designers we are especially adept at seeing deeply within walls left standing from the generations before us. In historic restoration we strive to recreate the spirit of a house, rather than a collection of frozen “period rooms.” Because no matter how grand a house may be, real humans will live and laugh and love within—and besides, no one wants to cook by candlelight, even in a perfect replica of a 19th century kitchen!

Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art-Philadelphia for an illustrated lecture, discussion and tour of this “under construction,” to-be fabulously remade townhome with Barbara Eberlein, ASID, of Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd., and president of ICAA-Philadelphia.

Very often, restoration means delving into the mud to discover beauty in ruins and to create enduring buildings that use a classical vocabulary. How do we help clients understand the value of hidden details? Of crumbling ornaments and vanishing millwork? How do we find the clues, large and small, that reveal a building’s potential and enable us to create a home of lasting appeal?

Barbara Eberlein has searched for traces of grandeur along the Main Line, from the Horace Trumbauer-designed Ardrossan (the Villanova manor home that inspired The Philadelphia Story), to Center City townhouses and throughout the country. In faded ballrooms where silk draperies are reduced to shreds by sunlight, Eberlein finds even the tiniest clues of life lived well and fully. Emotional and physical images merge to form an ideal foundation to create perfection: a home of vigor, life and purpose that will last for future generations.

With an influential voice in today’s dynamic design community, Eberlein has built a national reputation for expertise in the restoration of significant historic structures of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She is a sought-after lecturer on classical architecture and design, equally respected for her scholarly mastery and boundless enthusiasm for the field. Formally educated in the classics, history and art, Eberlein approaches each interior with the knowledge that one day, it, too, will become a part of history. Her work incorporates advances in materials, design and technology.



Cost/Reservations:

Tickets: $10
Includes Lecture, House Tour, Refreshments
Due to space constraints, advance registration is required. This venue is not handicapped accessible.
This is an active construction site.

Super Enterprises: Window of Opportunity in Commercial Applications

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
8:30am-12:00pm
AIA Philadelphia
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Join Marvin Windows & Doors and AIA for a unique, two session breakfast seminar evaluating important topics in the industry today.

This first session will discuss window repair and replacement for historic renovation projects with rehabilitation solutions through analysis of case studies from a variety of historic projects. Participants will learn best practices and the multiple steps that go into a rehabilitation project from initial planning and research to assessment and recommendations for solutions. The program will cover a broad range of possible window solutions and the various challenges and considerations associated with historic projects.

The second session will examine fiberglass as a superior composite material at the forefront of this innovation. With a specific focus on pultruded fiberglass, participants will observe its usefulness and environmental advantages in the window and door industry.

Each one hour session will offer one (1) credit towards American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems (CES).



Cost/Reservations:

This event is free and open to the public. Registration required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marvin-windows-doors-windows-of-opportunity-in-commercial-applications-tickets-18228460817

The Renaissance of Sacred Architecture Today, Lecture by Duncan G.Stroik

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
6:30 p.m.; Reception following (Advance Tickets $$ only)
Cathedral Basilica Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Among the many contributions the Catholic Church has made to society over the past 2,000 years, the patronage of art, architecture, and music is undeniably one of its greatest. How can the Church reclaim a role as patroness of the arts and caretaker of beauty?

Historically, churches were great patrons of the arts because people saw beauty, reverence, and craft as a sacred duty. As a result, art and architecture were imbued with a transcendent and extraordinary character and artists were challenged to the heights of their skill. How can the Church promote a new Renaissance of art, architecture, and music today?

Among the many discussions occurring today are those that consider how artists may offer their skills to the Church and yet flourish as reputable artists, architects, and musicians in their own right. What are some ways that contemporary architects and artists are working together with the Church to produce more beautiful cities and buildings? How do the faithful participate in the sacred duty to promote beauty in daily life and in the Church?

Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art-Philadelphia and the Cathedral Parish for an illustrated lecture and discussion with Duncan Stroik, a well-known practitioner of sacred architecture and professor of classical architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Then join us after the lecture for a lovely reception at the Top of the Tower overlooking the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Cathedral Basilica!

Stroik’s emphasis on beauty and continuity of tradition has brought him many accolades in the building of new churches in the United States. Duncan Stroik’s built work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel (Santa Paula, CA), the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (LaCrosse, WI), and the Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Sioux Falls, SD). He is also author of The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal, and edits the journal Sacred Architecture.

Join us after the lecture in the spectacular Top of the Tower, with its views west of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Advance registration for the reception is required; no ticket sales at the door. A pass will be required to enter. The Reception is SOLD OUT. Delicious savories and drinks, good conversation, and spectacular views.

Reception is NOT included with any promotional discount ticket sales, such as Funsavers.

Travel Instructions to Post-Lecture Reception: After the lecture, turn left from the Basilica main doors, cross the Ben Franklin Parkway and walk 2 blocks along 18th Street. The Top of the Tower is at “Three Logan Square.”

Parking: Pay parking garages are within 2 blocks. Visit www.parkingpanda.com for the closest garages to the Cathedral & Top of the Tower. Click on “find parking” and type: “Cathedral Basilica…” or “Top of the Tower.” A map will appear. Enlarge the map to see your ‘red’ location symbol; look for parking between Logan Square and the Comcast Center (both are easily visible; the Cathedral & reception are between these two points).

Via Regional Rail: Arrive at Suburban Station. Exit the platform and look for the “Arch Street” exit (on the North side, but hard to spot). Follow the corridor to street level. For the Cathedral, cross Arch Street and turn left along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Cathedral is just ahead on your right. For the reception, turn left, walk along Arch Street one block to the last building on your right.



Cost/Reservations:

Lecture tickets may still be purchased at the door only: $35

Reception tickets are SOLD OUT

The Craft of New Traditional Residential Design, in conjunction with the Traditional Building Conference Series

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
9:15 am, Registration & Continental Breakfast opens at 8 am, Welcome address is at 9 am
The Historic Nassau Inn
Ten Palmer Square
Princeton, NJ 08542
Across from Princeton University

The Mid-Atlantic States have a rich tradition of craftsmanship in wood, stone and more. Hear first-hand from Peter C. Archer, AIA, an experienced regional architect about how traditional craftsmanship is integrated into new homes designed in traditional ways. This course will include insights on such practical topics as design challenges and opportunities, durability and utility of traditional materials, planning adequate lead time for traditional craft work, and sequence of craftspeople on site for optimal efficiency on the job site.

Learning Objectives

• Explain some of the specific qualities of traditionally fabricated stonework, timber framing, millwork and plastering that support durable and functional service. • Incorporate time-honored methods when designing with traditionally crafted materials that are different than working with production materials. • Consider the following in planning projects: lead time for sourcing hand-crafted materials; planning for multiple crafts on site simultaneously; and adequate time for curing of materials like plaster before painting. • Investigate regional historic buildings for precedent and inspiration in new residential design and construction.



Cost/Reservations:

For detailed information on attending the Traditional Building Conference Series including half-day, single and two-day registrations, please visit:

http://www.traditionalbuildingshow.com/

Conversations with Thomas Gordon Smith - A Quarter Century of Classicism at Notre Dame

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Reception at 6:30 PM, Discussion begins at 7:00 PM
The Franklin Inn Club, 205 South Camac Street

Graduates of the classical architecture program at the University of Notre Dame are among the most highly recruited young architects by firms across the country. As the founder of this program, Thomas Gordon Smith will recount a reversal of the School of Architecture at ND: from a threatened accreditation status to a radical reanimation of classical building and traditional civic design. Thomas’s roots in 1970’s Post-Modernism matured into teaching the strength, function, and beauty conveyed through Vitruvius. The program’s emulation of paradigms has extended over the past twenty-five years to contribute to a renewal of classical practice. Thomas looks forward to a candid discussion with ICAA practitioners and supporters about the important role of classical schools today.

Please join us and our special guest for this rare event. This is part of a series of conversations with professionals who exemplify the best in the traditional arts. The discussions take place in the comfort of the second floor salon of the Franklin Inn Club, which promotes conversation among its members and guests about local, national, and international events and cultural matters.



Cost/Reservations:

$20 for members of ICAA or Franklin Inn Club; $25 for general public; Free admission for students with current ID. Register at www.123signup.com/register?id=yrgvn. BYOB. Light refreshments will be available. For questions please call (215) 609-8357.

Michelangelo in Rome: an Architectural Journey

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Cocktails at 6:00 PM, Program begins at 6:30 PM. Please note this program will last 90 minutes with a 15 minute break.
The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street

Presented by the Union League of Philadelphia. Everyone is familiar with Michelangelo the sculptor and Michelangelo the painter, but Michelangelo the architect is far less well-known. Yet his influence on the history of architecture was no less profound than his influence on sculpture and painting, and the innovative works he designed in Rome made him not only the father of the Baroque style of architecture but the father of modern city planning as well. George Sullivan’s richly illustrated lecture examines all of Michelangelo’s important Roman architectural projects, including his critical contributions to St. Peter’s and the Palazzo Farnese, his designs for the Porta Pia and the Sforza Chapel in S. Maria Maggiore, and - most importantly - his revolutionary work at the Piazza del Campidoglio, the extraordinary complex of buildings atop the Capitoline Hill that created a new architectural era. George Sullivan is the author of Not Built in a Day: Exploring the Architecture of Rome.



Cost/Reservations:

Free. Guests welcome. For reservations, call Activities at 215-587-5565 or email Activities@unionleague.org.

NOMMA MetalFAB Conference

Thursday, March 12, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Valley Forge Convention Center

Join the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA) for an exciting educational opportunity to learn about metalworking from some of the top craftsmen in the country. Also on display will be entries from the NOMMA Top Jobs Award Competition. 6 AIA/CES LU’s (ASLA & ASID Credits also available)



Cost/Reservations:

Cost $59. Registration required at http://www.nomma.org/events/event_details.asp?id=592107.

The Annual Alvin Holm Lecture: Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker

Thursday, March 12, 2015
6:00 PM lecture, Cocktail reception to follow
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th Street

“New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross.” Join architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important, but largely forgotten architects. Brothers John and Eliot Cross helped reshape New York City’s skyline from the 1910s into the 1940s with such iconic buildings as the RCA Victor Building, as well as other major commercial projects and real estate developments. As the economy boomed in the 1920s, buildings became advertisements of commercial success. Cross & Cross capitalized upon this trend designing the City Bank Farmers Trust at 20 Exchange Place, the Revillon Freres warehouse, Tiffany’s, Lee Higginson, Chickering Hall, and others. Pennoyer and Walker will take you on a tour of these buildings, sharing modern and historical photos and plans, as well as insight into the Cross brothers’ influences and shrewd business dealings, including their real estate business Webb & Knapp that was behind the revolutionary Sutton Place development. Reception and book signing to follow.



Cost/Reservations:

Free for ICAA and Athenaeum members, all others $10. RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org.

The Golden Reed Award

Sunday, February 8, 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Artists' House Gallery, 57 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia

Please join us as the Philadelphia Chapter presents the inaugural Golden Reed Award to Ms. Lorraine Reisenbach, in recognition of her distinguished work as Director of the Artists’ House Gallery.

When Henry Hope Reed created our organization in 1968, he named it Classical America, reflecting the many ways our nation exhibited a classical heritage in art, architecture, political philosophy, and general cultural values. The early years focused almost exclusively on architecture, but through many wholesome transformations the organization has come to embrace the classical tradition more broadly, growing to a truly national organization with 15 chapters around the country. Clearly we can now say that the New American Renaissance is underway.

The Philadelphia chapter has designed a program of recognition for individuals and organizations whom we believe embody Henry’s vision of renewal and growth in the classical tradition of America. We chose to name it “The Golden Reed,” recalling Henry’s seminal book, The Golden City.

One of the worthiest groups in Philadelphia to exemplify that artistic tradition is the Artists’ House Gallery. For twenty-five years, Lorraine Reisenbach has provided our community with continuous showings of the wonderful work of young artists who revel in the new realist manner. The sculptors and painters selected for exhibition consistently honor the deep heritage established long ago in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts. Notably, a broad variety of stylistic personality has always prevailed, but all the artists seem to share a delight in the clear representational depiction of their subject, whether it be a moody landscape, a luminous still-life, or a graceful figurative composition.

While there are many good galleries in Philadelphia, we believe it is Artists’ House Gallery that deserves the first Henry Hope Reed Recognition for distinguished service in advancing the New American Renaissance. The timing is especially appropriate, as it coincides with the Artists’ House last show and the graceful retirement of founder and director Lorraine Reisenbach. This Golden Reed Award represents a hearty round of applause for her successful, commendable work over the years, “to introduce, nurture, and mentor outstanding emerging artists in the best of Western tradition.”



Cost/Reservations:

Free and open to all. Registration required no later than Wednesday, Feb. 5 at icaaphila@gmail.com.
Light refreshments will be served.

LOOKING BACKWARD, LOOKING FORWARD: A Comparison of The Athenaeum’s 19th and 21st Century Architectural Competitions

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
6:00 PM
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th Street

The architectural competition has a long history, and was used to find the architects of some of our country’s most iconic buildings. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia was one of these, and its 200th anniversary has been celebrated with a new, speculative contest, which has generated significant international response. In his awards ceremony remarks, Juror Laurie Olin commended the Athenaeum’s participation saying, “Idea competitions that expressly acknowledge they will not lead to a ‘real’ project are intended to provoke, and to provide a forum for invention, speculation, thought and reflection…”

Curator of Architecture Bruce Laverty will compare the 19th century competition to design the Athenaeum’s current building with the conceptual “Looking Forward: Re-Imagining The Athenaeum of Philadelphia” competition, the results of which are featured in the current exhibition at the Athenaeum. For gallery hours and more information about “Looking Forward,” please visit http://www.philaathenaeum.org/current.html This event is co-sponsored by ICAA Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Society of Architectural Historians.



Cost/Reservations:

Free for members of the Athenaeum, SAH, and ICAA; all others $10 payable at the door. Reservations required at events@philaathenaeum.org. Snow date: February 11

Conversations with Philadelphia's Radical Traditionalists - The Offices

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm
The Franklin Inn Club
205 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA

Throughout architectural history, office experience and mentorship has played a crucial role in influencing an architect’s preferred design style and knowledge base. Through working at a firm and subsequently founding another, an architectural lineage is created that passes down knowledge from one generation to another. Similar to the skills handed down from Frank Furness to Louis Sullivan or from Paul Cret to John Harbeson, the passing down of tradition continues today in many Philadelphia architecture firms. The upcoming installment of the ICAA’s ‘Conversations’ series will discuss this topic led by a panel of local architects, including Cameron MacTavish, Steve Bonitatibus, and Angelo Alberto, who have been influenced by their experiences working at traditional and classical architecture firms.

This event is a continuation of a series of conversations with local professionals who exemplify the best in the traditional arts. The discussions take place in the comfort of the second floor salon of the Franklin Inn Club, which promotes conversation among its members and guests about local, national, and international events and cultural matters. Light refreshments will be served and you are encouraged to BYOB.



Cost/Reservations:

$10 for members of ICAA or Franklin Inn Club; $15 for general public; Free for students with current ID. Registration required at www.123signup.com/register?id=yvmht

It's a Classic! A Traditional Home of the 21st Century

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Lecture at 6:30 PM, Reception to follow
Center for Architecture
1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA

A traditional home of the 21st century builds upon many precedents from American residential architecture to create a look that is simultaneously classic and contemporary. The residential work of Archer & Buchanan seeks to respect a long history of American architecture, interpreting the design of new homes based on the changing lifestyles and construction technologies of today. This presentation, by founding partner Peter C. Archer, AIA, will highlight the process of designing and building a residence in the Philadelphia area using these principles and the materials, forms, and details inspired by the local traditions of the region. Presented as part of DesignPhiladelphia.



Cost/Reservations:

Free and open to all

Fall Chapter Cocktail Social

Saturday, September 27, 2014
5:00pm - 6:30 pm
The Franklin Inn Club
205 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA

Our Fall Cocktail Social will conclude a day-long symposium examining the legacy of Henry Hope Reed. Please join us for an informal social gathering at the historic Franklin Inn club as we welcome the symposium’s honored guests and kick off our fall season.



Cost/Reservations:

Free. Registration required - RSVP no later than Wednesday, September 24. Please email your name and your guest’s names to icaaphila@gmail.com.

Webb Farmhouse & Meadow Restoration Tour at Longwood Gardens

Saturday, May 10, 2014
2-5 PM; 2-3 PM Presentation, 3-4 PM Light cocktail reception at the Webb Barn, 4-5 PM Individuals are free to enjoy the ground
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett, PA

Presenters: Jonathan Alderson, CLARB, ASLA of Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects and John D. Milner, FAIA of John Milner Architects.

Join the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art at Longwood Gardens for an exclusive “sneak peek” tour and presentation of the Webb Farmhouse and Meadow Restoration projects recently undertaken by Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects and John Milner Architects. This tour will take place prior to the official opening to the public. John D. Milner and Jonathan Alderson will discuss their team approach to the restoration of the c.18th century Webb Farmhouse and its surrounding landscape. After a brief tour and talk, please join us for light cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres in the Webb Barn, followed by the opportunity to enjoy the other areas of Longwood Gardens on your own.

Annual Alvin Holm Lecture: “The Classical Tradition in Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts”

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6:00 PM
by Nancy S. Steinhardt
Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Chinese architecture is grounded in a classical tradition that traces to the first millennium BCE and persists until the fall of imperial China in 1911. When China finally confronted modern construction, it was in the form of the Beaux-Arts method, a system highly derivative of European Classicism that was the core of education in architecture programs in the US in the 1920s. This lecture explores the Beaux-Arts education of China’s first generation of architects, and what happened when they returned to China to establish the first practices and departments of architecture, and to write Chinese architectural history in the tumultuous years of the 1930s and 1940s. It continues to explain the implications of Beaux-Arts training in Republican China and Taiwan, Soviet-influenced China of the 1950s and 1960s, during the Cultural Revolution, and later.

Nancy S. Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She is author or co-author of Chinese Traditional Architecture (1984), Chinese Imperial City Planning (1990), Liao Architecture (1997), Chinese Architecture (2003), Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture (2005), Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (2011), and Chinese Architecture in an Age of Turmoil, 200-600 (in press) and more than 70 scholarly articles. She is currently writing a book about mosques in China. She is a recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, NEH, ACLS, SSRC, Getty Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and American Philosophical Society. Steinhardt is currently involved in research projects in China, Korea, and Japan.

Architecture on the Couch: Liberation & Longing in America’s Built Environment with Psychologist Dr. Michael Britton

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Reception at 6:30 PM, Program at 7:00 PM
The Franklin Inn Club
205 S. Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA

Rushing to work in modern/postmodern environments, rushing back at night to traditional homes: Why America’s double-life, why the running back and forth between these two very different architectural worlds? How fares our need to live in places dear to our hearts?

We’ll look into deep structure in architecture, our brain’s need for that structure, and the collision of that need with the historical realities that impelled America (and the modernizing world) into the biggest flight from tradition humankind has ever known. A compassionate look into the unrecognized longings we bring to our architects, and the challenge of making a world dear to our hearts amidst the rip tides of historical change. This is part of a series of conversations with local professionals who exemplify the best in the traditional arts. The discussions take place in the comfort of the second floor salon of the Franklin Inn Club, which promotes conversation among its members and guests about local, national, and international events and cultural matters.

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