Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors: North American Window and Door; Pinemar; Archer & Buchanan Architecture; Ernst Brothers-Builders; Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers; John Milner Architects; Marvin Windows and Doors; Rittenhouse Builders; Spire Builders; Tradewood Architectural Windows & Doors; DURATION Moulding and Millwork; Griffiths Construction; Pella Window and Door Company; Cherokee Construction; Eberlein Design Consultants; Ferguson Showrooms; John Neill Painting & Decorating; Joseph Manero & Sons, Inc.; Mansueto Hardwood Flooring; Marble Crafters; and Rittenhouse Electric Supply Company

Framing Rittenhouse: A Walking Tour of Historic Windows and Doors

Sponsored by:


Purchase tickets at:

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Group meets at 10:30AM
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Group meets at 10:30 AM Meeting location: The Union League of Philadelphia

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.

Tour guide 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 Past President of The Woodlands Cemetery Company and the Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation. Jim has also given architecture tours for the Preservation Alliance.

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


ICAA Member: $30 / General Public: $40 / Student: $25

Making Dystopia: the Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism

Sponsored by:

​Freemans Auctioneers and Appraisers

Register online at

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Registration at 6:00PM, Lecture at 6:30PM
Freeman’s Auctioneers
1808 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers

Join us at Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers’ fabulous showroom for a lecture by distinguished architectural historian James Steven Curl on his new book, Making Dystopia. Making Dystopia tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation of alien urban landscapes, and a huge waste of resources. Moreover, the coming of Modernism was not an inevitable, seamless evolution, as many have insisted, but a massive, unparalleled disruption that demanded a clean slate and the elimination of all ornament, decoration, and choice.

Tracing the effects of the Modernist revolution in architecture to the present, Curl argues that, with each passing year, so-called “iconic” architecture by supposed “star” architects has become more and more bizarre, unsettling, and expensive, ignoring established contexts and proving to be stratospherically remote from the aspirations and needs of humanity. In the elite world of contemporary architecture, form increasingly follows finance, and in a society in which the ‘haves’ have more and more, and the “have-nots” are ever more marginalized, he warns that contemporary architecture continues to stack up huge potential problems for the future, as housing costs spiral out of control, resources are squandered on architectural bling, and society fractures. Curl’s message contains salutary warnings that we ignore at our peril. And it asks awkward questions to which answers are long overdue.

Professor James Stevens Curl has been Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge University, and is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. His many publications include studies of Classical, Georgian, and Victorian architecture, and the most recent edition of his Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (with contributions on landscape from Susan Wilson) was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. In 2017 he was awarded the British Academy President’s Medal for ‘outstanding service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences’ in his wider study of the History of Architecture in Britain and Ireland.


ICAA Members: $15 / General Public: $20

A Sense of Harmony: Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Movement

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
6:00 PM
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

ICAA members are invited to join members of the Royal Oak Foundation and the Union League for the program A Sense of Harmony. English gardens from the Arts & Crafts era are jewels of early 20th century design. Part of the same design movement that flourished in Europe and North America between 1880 and 1920, these gardens emphasized medieval and romantic styles. Designed on an intimate scale, they blurred the distinction between indoors and outdoors and emphasized the symbiotic nature of the house and garden as a unified landscape. Many contain a series of distinct outdoor ‘rooms’ often delineated by hedges and embellished with whimsical topiary. Most had lavish plantings of perennials, ornamental shrubs, bulbs and annuals—all massed for color, textural effect and seasonal impact. Small structures, such as pergolas, arbors, sundials and other traditional ornaments produced storybook-like gardens that referenced Old English manor house surroundings of the 17th century. In this illustrated lecture, Judith Tankard will give insight into the minds of the movement’s creative giants such as William Morris and Gertrude Jekyll, as well as lesser known designers such as Avray Tipping, Thomas Mawson, and Robert Lorimer. She will illustrate gorgeous National Trust gardens such as Hidcote, Standen, Snowshill Manor, Red House and Kellie Castle, among others, and give visual tours of other stunning gardens, such as Hestercombe, Great Dixter, Gravetye Manor and Munstead Wood. Tankard will show how these English models created a lasting impact on gardens across the pond, as American designers took inspiration from their British contemporaries.

Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian, award-winning author, and preservation consultant. She is the author or coauthor of 10 books on landscape history and has received book awards from the Garden Writers Association, Historic New England and the American Horticultural Society. She taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University for more than twenty years. A popular lecturer in the United States and Britain, Judith is a frequent speaker at conferences devoted to the preservation of historic landscapes.

Cost/Reservations: Please call Kayla Smith at 212-480-2889, ext. 201 or visit Please use the code 19SICAAP to receive the discounted co-sponsor price of $30 per person.


Please call Kayla Smith at 212-480-2889, ext. 201 or visit Please use the code 19SICAAP to receive the discounted co-sponsor price of $30 per person.

Precedents in Architectural Composition: Measured & Analytical Drawing at Lemon Hill

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Lemon Hill Mansion
Lemon Hill Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130

With Stephen Chrisman. Co-hosted with ICAA National & Fairmount Park Conservancy.

This course will present a method of sketchbook drawing that is focused on accurately-measured and analytical drawings of accessible architectural details, drawn-to-scale in a sketchbook. This course will emphasize orthographic drawings of plan, section, elevation, and profile.

The course is intended for both students and seasoned architects, as drawings can be tailored to experience level.

Lemon Hill is a country house located in Fairmont Park on a bluff overlooking the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row. Built around 1800, it is regarded as one of most significant late Federal houses in the country. Significant architectural features include a unique plan with a large oval room with a curved fireplace and doors, and impressive details ranging from the arcuated front door with rusticated Doric pilasters to an elegant serliana. It is interesting to note that the house was restored by well-regarded architectural historian Fiske Kimball, who lived in the house from 1926-1955, when he was the director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This course qualifies for 6 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective and 6 credits towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture Register at National’s website


ICAA Member: $130 General Public: $150 Student/Emerging Professional: Free

Celebrating 300 Years of the William Trent House

Saturday, June 1, 2019
The William Trent House
15 Market Street
Trenton, NJ 08611

Please join us at a very special event in Trenton, New Jersey to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the William Trent House. The Trent House Museum is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to bringing the rich history of early New Jersey alive for the 21st century. An immigrant from Scotland, in 1719 Philadelphia merchant William Trent built the House in colonial Georgian style on a traditional Lenape site for his family and enslaved servants. During its three centuries, the house has been a private home, the official Governor’s residence, and was occupied by Hessian soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Most recently, in its tenacious history, the Trent House is the recipient of a 2019 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Currently the Trent House Museum is expanding its research-based interpretation of slavery in the northern colonies as well as conducting archaeological research into earlier residents of the area, both Quaker colonists and native peoples. Today the Trent House is owned by the City of Trenton, operated by the Trent House Association, and listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The evening’s event will include plentiful food (passed hors d’oeuvres) and beverage (wine, beer, and non-alcohol), and a tour of the house and garden. Free parking is available adjacent to the property. For directions, please visit the Trent House website.

Advanced registration is required. Please purchase your tickets at:


ICAA and THA Members: $55 \ General Public: $75 \ Ambassador: $125 \ Student: $40