March 12, 2015

Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker

Annual Alvin Holm Lecture

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th Street
6:00 PM lecture, Cocktail reception to follow

Free for ICAA and Athenaeum Members | General Public: $10
RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

“New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross.” Join architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important, but largely forgotten architects. Brothers John and Eliot Cross helped reshape New York City’s skyline from the 1910s into the 1940s with such iconic buildings as the RCA Victor Building, as well as other major commercial projects and real estate developments. As the economy boomed in the 1920s, buildings became advertisements of commercial success. Cross & Cross capitalized upon this trend designing the City Bank Farmers Trust at 20 Exchange Place, the Revillon Freres warehouse, Tiffany’s, Lee Higginson, Chickering Hall, and others. Pennoyer and Walker will take you on a tour of these buildings, sharing modern and historical photos and plans, as well as insight into the Cross brothers’ influences and shrewd business dealings, including their real estate business Webb & Knapp that was behind the revolutionary Sutton Place development. Reception and book signing to follow.