June 1, 2023

Book Signing and Talk by Ralph Muldrow about Charleston Renaissance Man

The Philadelphia Club
1301 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


ICAA Member – Dinner & Reception: $80 | ICAA Member – Reception & Talk ONLY: Was $20 Now $10 with discount code BOGO * must buy pairs of two tickets
General Public – Dinner & Reception: $100 | General Public – Reception & Talk ONLY: Was $25 Now $12.50 with discount code BOGO * must buy pairs of two tickets
Registration required

The Philadelphia Club’s dress code: Gentlemen are requested to wear jacket and tie (and equivalent dress for ladies). House Rules: The use of cellphones or other electronic devices is not permitted in any areas of the Clubhouse commonly enjoyed by others (and ringers should be silenced). Guests who wish to use these devices inside the Club may do so in one of the three phone booths on the first floor at the west end of the main hallway. Also, photographs taken in the interior of the Clubhouse should only be used for private purposes and not posted on any social media sites.

Dinner in the Philadelphia Club’s elegant and exclusive dining room after the talk featuring a special menu.

1st course
Cantaloupe melon salad, prosciutto, port wine reduction

Main course
Sea trout, spring onions, parisienne gnocchi, mushrooms, lemon beurre blanc

Pound cake, caramelized peaches, ice cream

Any dietary restriction can be accommodated easily.


Charleston Renaissance Man: The Architectural Legacy of Albert Simons in the Holy City by Ralph C. Muldrow

A study of the life, work, and extraordinary influence of an innovative architect.

In the years between World Wars I and II, Charleston, South Carolina, experienced a cultural renaissance led largely by artists, writers, architects, and preservationists that has been credited with making this port city the popular tourist destination it is today. Architect Albert Simons was foremost among this group and contributed mightily to the cultural milieu of the Charleston Renaissance through his architectural design and passion for preservation. His work helped to mold the cityscape and set a course that would both preserve the historic South Carolina city and carry it forward into the twentieth century.

This beautifully illustrated volume reveals the deep connection between Simons and the city that he loved. Although he preferred the more traditional Beaux-Arts and Classical styles, his unique ability to balance them with modernism was deeply embedded in the ethos of Charleston and the renaissance that spurred the city’s rebirth as an international destination defined by its architectural heritage.

A foreword is provided by Witold Rybczynski, an award-winning author of numerous books including Charleston Fancy: Little Houses and Big Ideas in the Holy City.