March 9, 2020

Charles Barton Keen & the Philadelphia School

with Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
Directions and Parking

6pm: cocktail reception (cash bar), 6:30pm: program starts

ICAA Members: $20 | General Admission: $30 | Students: $15

Charles Barton Keen (1868-1931) was part of a creative group of Philadelphia architects who flourished from the 1880s to the 1970s. Often called the Philadelphia School, this creative circle formed around the T- Square Club following the 1876 Centennial Exposition, and quickly rose to national prominence. When Keen began his career, the leaders of the school had established its guiding principles and Arts & Crafts influenced ideals. This lecture will introduce the key figures in the community, explore its history, and show how Keen benefited from its cooperative network of mentorship, social support, and creative synergy.

Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, is an American architect, preservationist and architectural historian. He is especially known for his work on American architectural history and the history of architectural drawing “as a medium of thought.” He attended Yale University to study acting and English literature, but a class with Vincent Scully convinced him to change his major to architecture. Graduating from Yale in 1975, he received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, studying with Allan Greenberg, Robert A.M. Stern, David Van Zanten, and Steven Izenour. Hewitt has taught at leading schools of architecture, including Columbia, Rice, Penn and NJIT. He is the author of six books—his newest, a study of neuroscience and design, will appear in the spring of 2020 with ORO Editions. Learn more here.

Note The Union League’s dress code is business casual—for men: jacket, collared shirt, and slacks, for women, something comparable.