Past Events

Behind the Scenes at Ardrossan

Saturday, May 19, 2018
4:00 PM
Ardrossan Estate

Join us for an afternoon tour and social at Ardrossan, one of the grandest estates of the old Main Line. Experience the house and its history with Barbara Eberlein of Eberlein Design Consultants, who spent more than a decade restoring the home’s interiors to their original state, Jim Mundy, the Director of Education and Programming of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia, and architect Fred Bissinger who will share full scale copies of the original Trumbauer drawings.

Guests will be able to stroll the entire first floor and terraces of the home from one end to the other, from the beautifully equipped butler’s pantry with original china settings to the elegantly furnished ballroom, and all spaces in between. Valet parking is provided and advanced registration is necessary to attend. Space is limited.

Commissioned in 1911 by Robert Montgomery, a wealthy Philadelphia stockbroker, Ardrossan was designed by architect Horace Trumbauer, who chose 300 acres of rolling pasture in an enclave northwest of the city, called the Main Line, as the site for the estate. The 50-room, 33,000-square-foot Georgian Revival manor home has interior decorations by White, Allom & Co. (who also worked on Buckingham Palace), and houses works of art by Augustus John, Sir John Lavery, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, John Singleton Copley, and Charles Willson Peale. Members of the Montgomery extended family have lived at Ardrossan from 1912 right up to the present day—Joan Mackie, granddaughter of Robert and Charlotte Montgomery, still lives on the property, as does her cousin Mary Remer.

Though the old Main Line has all but disappeared, Ardrossan stands. According to historian David Nelson Wren, “It’s the best-preserved of the great Main Line ancestral manses. It’s been beautifully maintained. The furniture is exactly where Charlotte Hope Montgomery left it when she died in 1970. And it’s certainly the only old Main Line mansion with family still living there.” We invite you to join us for this unique opportunity to get an insider look at this spectacular estate and its collections, followed by a light cocktail reception.

Barbara Eberlein is a longtime professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and she is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She has extensively pursued further studies in the history of architecture and the decorative arts at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, The Attingham Summer School, University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts, The Bard Graduate Center, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Winterthur Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Barbara’s recent work at Ardrossan won her the 2016 Trumbauer Award for Residential Interior Design.

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.

Fred Bissinger is the principal architect at F.L. Bissinger Inc., an architecture firm that focuses on single family residential architecture and specializes in “Artisan Revival” style houses, which aim not to copy the past, but to create new masterpieces that use the vocabulary of tradition to write original architectural poetry.

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



Cost/Reservations:

$125 General Public $99 ICAA Members

Private Tour: Longwood Gardens Main Fountain Restoration

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.

2 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:

$30 ICAA Members; $45 General Public

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

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).

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.

2 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:

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Please email us to be added to a waitlist or to ask about last-minute ticket availability.

Rebuilding Penn Station: A Lecture with Richard Cameron

Monday, April 9, 2018
6:00PM
The Skyline Room
Parkway Central Library | Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA

Richard Cameron, principal designer at Atelier & Co., Brooklyn, NY, and one of the original founders of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, has developed an ambitious plan to rebuild New York City’s old Penn Station in all its former glory. The original McKim Mead & White structure, which opened in 1910, was torn down in 1963 and replaced with the current underground station that serves 600,000 passengers a day. As Clem Labine explains in Traditional Building Magazine, the Rebuild Penn Station plan has three major elements: (1) Reconstruct the grand spaces of the original Penn Station; (2) Create a modern transit hub that connects two subway lines, two commuter railroads, and Amtrak; (3) Redevelop the area in and around Penn Station to create a world-class urban destination – like Rockefeller Center. McKim had envisioned his splendid rail terminal as the centerpiece of a spectacular City Beautiful project – but he died before his full dream could be realized.

The Rebuild Penn Station Plan station plan has generated coverage from The Gothamist, City Lab, and The New York Times.

The lecture will be held in the beautiful Skyline Room—offering sweeping views of the city—on the fourth floor of the Parkway Central Library Branch. Rebuilding Penn Station: A Lecture with Richard Cameron is part of the ICAA Philadelphia’s celebration marking 150 years since Horace Trumbauer’s birth. Throughout 2018, the Chapter will be hosting a number of Trumbauer-themed events throughout the region in honor of the native Philadelphian’s tremendous contributions to American architecture, including his firm’s design of the Parkway Central Library Branch. The year of celebration will culminate with the second Trumbauer Awards ceremony, on November 15, 2018, in the Trumbauer-designed Lincoln Ballroom of The Union League of Philadelphia. The awards program recognizes the work of individuals and firms to preserve and advance the classical tradition in the greater Philadelphia area.

Richard Cameron is a principal designer at Atelier & Co. in Brooklyn, NY. He is the co-founder of both the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and The Beaux-Arts Atelier, an educational platform for practicing architecture as a fine art. In 2013 he received The Arthur Ross Board of Directors Honor Award from the ICA&A. Richard has a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architecture Magazine, Architectural Digest, and on the Brian Lehrer show.

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:

This event is free to the public; however, advanced registration is required. To register, please visit: https://icaa-phila.ticketleap.com/cameron/

Mouldings and Mimosas: Spring Industry Social & Lecture at Tague Lumber

Sunday, March 25, 2018
11:00 a.m. Social, 12:00 p.m. Lecture
Tague Lumber Showroom
181 Lancaster Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355

Join us for an exclusive brunch and a private tour of the Tague Lumber Showroom with their expert staff and representatives. We hope this will be a wonderful opportunity for guests to connect with our dynamic network of industry leaders, celebrated practitioners, and all those who champion the classical arts.

After brunch, we welcome you to join architects Martin Brandwein and Fred Bissinger for a presentation as they share practical ways to apply classical design methods. Drawing from his extensive knowledge of classical architecture, ICAA Fellow and architect Martin Brandwein will discuss how to categorize moldings by geometry and function, and use standard molding profiles in classical design. He will support his talk with drawings and physical examples. ICAA board member Fred Bissinger will present several ideas for practical application found in Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid, by author Marianne Cusato, which provides easily understood advice that rarely costs more to build, depending simply on good proportions and sound construction principles.

The social and lecture will be held in the Tague Lumber Design Showroom in Malvern, PA. The 10,000 s.f. facility is the site of extensive product displays of kitchens, baths, windows, doors, hardware, millwork, mouldings, sidings, decks, and more, and boasts a staff of top designers available to help make any dream a reality.

Martin Brandwein, AIA, is a New York City architect and instructor specializing in traditional design. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Brandwein has taught drawing classes in classical architecture at the National Academy of Design, The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, and Historic Windsor’s Preservation Institute.

Fred Bissinger is the principal architect at F.L. Bissinger Inc., an architecture firm that focuses on single family residential architecture and specializes in “Artisan Revival” style houses, which aim not to copy the past, but to create new masterpieces that use the vocabulary of tradition to write original architectural poetry.

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 (includes Spring Industry Social and Lecture): $15 ICAA members/$30 General public

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

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

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

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

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

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 who focuses mainly on history and art. In the late 1980s, Wren, a native of Dallas, Texas, relocated to Philadelphia, where his love affair with Ardrossan began. He currently divides his time between Philadelphia and Trumansburg, New York, where he and his husband own Halsey House, a landmark Greek Revival farmhouse that is one of the top-ranking inns in the Finger Lakes region. Wren writes a twice-monthly column for the Ithaca Journal and is a longtime member of several of Philadelphia’s more venerable institutions, including the Athenæum of Philadelphia and the Franklin Inn Club.



Cost/Reservations:

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

Proportions Symposium

Saturday, November 11, 2017
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Houston Hall
University of Pennsylvania
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA

Proportion is a key to classical aesthetics, but remains the most misunderstood aspect of architectural design. According to Richard Sammons, an expert in the field of architectural proportion, “without an understanding of proportion and the closely related problem of scale, no architectural endeavor can be successful in the aesthetic sense.”

Join us for a day of theoretical learning and practical workshops on the subject of proportions, led by three internationally recognized practitioners - Richard Sammons, Steve Bass, and Joscelyn Godwin.

Morning lecture sessions:

Beyond Aesthetics - Proportion as a Link to the Cultivation of Consciousness
Steve Bass

Understanding proportion is key to classical aesthetics. But on further investigation, many of the same numerical relations informing the study of classical aesthetics also provide glimpses into the cosmology of Plato and Pythagoras. Their ancient system linked all elements of the physical and metaphysical worlds through the medium of proportion, or relationships, harmonizing seemingly unrelated aspects of existence.  Seen from today’s perspective, understanding and practicing proportion in this way may offer a way out of modernist alienation, reductionism, despair and terror.

Theory of Proportion in Architecture Refined
Richard Sammons

Few will disagree of the importance of good proportions, but achieving it in design is often elusive, even for seasoned designers. As an aesthetic phenomenon, it is something that all can recognize, but why it works has led to numerous and seemingly contradictory conclusions and spurious theories abound.  The one thing that is clear is that we are speaking of a physical phenomenon.  We respond to an object as beautiful because of its physical characteristics, of which one fundamental component are the proportional relationships

This lecture will lay out a unified theory of proportion in architecture that can be practically applied in everyday design work.  It will present a corollary to historic practice which will remove the otherwise seemingly contradictory aspects of the literature on the subject.

Musical Semicircles in the Architecture of Mauro Codussi
Joscelyn Godwin

The buildings of Mauro Codussi (or Coducci, 1440-1504), Venice’s first Renaissance architect, use shapes and formations with a remarkable similarity to the diagrams in Boethius’s treatise on music that was circulating in Venice at the same time. There is no documented evidence or scholarly opinion that Codussi was influenced by these diagrams. However, the humanistic elite who had set eyes on both Boethius’s treatise and Codussi’s buildings (or plans) could not have missed the similarity. The coincidence seems emblematic of the mentality of the time, in which musical and architectural proportions were thought to embody the same archetypes.

Afternoon workshops:

Proportional Porticos
Steve Bass

The portico is the center and starting point for expanded classical architectural compositions.  In this workshop a variety of applied proportional techniques for designing four, six and eight columned porticos using Geometric, Arithmetic and Harmonic Ratio methods will be demonstrated.  Participants may, if they wish, bring compass, straight edge, pen or pencil, and paper or notebook, 9 x 12 or 11 x 17.

Compositional Derived Proportions
Richard Sammons

The workshop will be practical exercises in compositional derived proportions. Students will deal with the geometric manipulation of the architectural orders and briefly touch Romanesque, Byzantines and Gothic geometrics.

Theory and Practice of the Monochord
Joscelyn Godwin

While geometry makes proportions visible, harmony makes them audible. The monochord is the equivalent to the ruler and compass, demonstrating the basic propositions that underlie the musical system, and their development into intervals and scales. If time permits, we will also do an experiment with paper-folding that demonstrates the rationale and need for tempered tuning.

Presenter biographies:
STEVE BASS
Born and raised in New York City, Steve Bass studied architecture at Pratt Institute and traditional arts in London at the Royal College of Art. He has maintained a modest practice in architecture for almost forty years while also teaching at the University of Notre Dame,, the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, the Grand Central Academy of Art, the New York Open Center and other venues. Steve also lectures widely for the ICAA in its chapters around the country.  His book, ‘Beauty Memory Unity - A Theory of Proportion in Design’ is currently in preparation by Lindisfarne Books.

JOSCELYN GODWIN
Joscelyn Godwin was born in England and trained as a musicologist at Cambridge and Cornell Universities. He taught at Colgate University from 1971 until his retirement in 2016. Beside his musical publications (including Harmonies of Heaven and Earth, Music, Mysticism and Magic, Harmony of the Spheres, Cosmic Music, Music and the Occult, and The Mystery of the Seven Vowels), he has translated the architectural-erotic epic of 1499, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and written on esoteric aspects of the Renaissance and early modern periods, notably Robert Fludd, The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance, and Athanasius Kircher’s Theatre of the World. Some recent works touch on regional architecture: The Spirit House in Georgetown, New York, Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State, and Symbols in the Wilderness: Early Masonic Survivals in Upstate New York (co-authored with Christian Goodwillie)

RICHARD SAMMONS
Richard Sammons has a rich background in traditional period design and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of architectural proportion, having taught at The Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London, Pratt Institute in New York and The University of Notre Dame in Rome. His contributions include the forward of the book “The Theory of Moulding” by C. Howard Walker, and collaboration on the recently published book, “Get Your House Right”. Sammons began his career in Venice, Italy, at the offices of Antonio Foscari and then with David Anthony Easton in New York. He is a founding director of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, a board member of the Sir John Soane Museum Foundation, and the Merchant’s house Museum.

AIA continuing education credits (7 HSW/LUs) are available for this symposium, and it counts toward the ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture.

Registration (includes lunch and light refreshments throughout the day):
$109 for Students registered by August 30th/$129 after August 30th
$129 for ICAA members registered by August 30th/$149 after August 30th
$149 for general public registered by August 30th/$169 after August 30th
To register, please click here. Advance registration required.



Cost/Reservations:

$129 for students $149 for ICAA Members $169 for general public Advance registration required

Architectural Photography Workshop at Christ Church

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.

AIA continuing education credits are available for this course (4 LUs).

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 $40 Students

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.

Drawing Tour of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Patrick Connors

Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:45AM - 12:30PM
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
118-128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Furness & Hewitt’s architectural splendor on North Broad Street, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), will be the subject of a drawing tour with established artist, Patrick Connors. Completed in 1876, the National Historic Landmark building is the third structure to house PAFA and its exhibition galleries since the Academy’s inception as the country’s oldest art school. PAFA’s graduate roster boasts a who’s who in American art that spans over 200 years – some of whose work can be found in the museum that will constitute part of the tour.

As an artist, PAFA alum, and faculty member, Patrick Connors is uniquely qualified to lead this drawing tour and visit to the PAFA Museum. The event will begin with sketching the building exterior, which amalgamates the Second Empire, Renaissance Revival and Gothic Revival styles. Attendees will then draw the interior, and visit the PAFA museum. Registration for this drawing tour includes access to the museum for the remainder of the day.

Patrick Connors is a painter living in Philadelphia, and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Awards include an Oxford Fellowship in Painting and Anatomy; a Franz & Virginia Bader Fund Grant, and a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Teaching and lecturing venues include Yale University Art Gallery, the New York Academy of Art graduate school, and the ICAA Beaux-Arts Atelier: Manhattan & Rome programs. His solo exhibition of landscapes inspired by Fairmount Park was presented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in April 2017.



Cost/Reservations:

$12 ICAA members $20 General public $10 Students

Registration for this event includes access to the PAFA museum for the remainder of the day.

Classical Revival in American Decorative Arts: a private tour with Dr. David Barquist, curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday, September 15, 2017
6:00 PM
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Start your weekend off with a Friday evening in the Trumbauer-designed Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a private curator’s tour focusing on classical revival in American decorative arts of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dr. David Barquist, the H. Richard Dietrich Jr. Curator of American Decorative Arts, will compare established European decorative antecedents with local examples.

The tour will begin with English precursors, such as the drawing room from Lansdowne House in London by Robert Adam, and compare it with American translations such as the interior elements from the Ezekiel Hershey Derby House by Charles Bullfinch in Salem, Massachusetts. Barquist will also compare works by European artisans – such as Josiah Wedgwood, Paul Storr, and Georges Jacob – to those made by the American craftsmen they influenced. 

The objects on view in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s American collection will demonstrate the stylistic changes from the later 18th-century, Adamesque classicism to more archaeological classicism (aka Greek Revival) of the early 19th century.

Dr. David Barquist is the H. Richard Dietrich Jr. Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was previously the Curator of American Decorative Arts at Yale University Art Gallery. As a major authority on American silver, Barquist has written Myer Myers: Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York (2001), among other publications. He holds a B.A. degree in fine arts from Harvard University, an M.A. degree from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, and a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University.

Tour registration includes two-day entry to the museum’s permanent collections and non-ticketed exhibitions, as well as the Rodin Museum and Perelman Building.



Cost/Reservations:

ICAA members: $20 General public: $25 This event is SOLD OUT.

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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