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.