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