October 3, 2021

Walking Tour | Robert Smith

with Bruce Laverty, Curator of Architecture at the Athenaeum

meets at 10am, Christ Church Yard (2nd & Market Streets)
ends at 12noon, Carpenters’ Hall
Space limited to 20
Rain date: Sunday, October 10th

Join Bruce Laverty for a walking tour exploring colonial master builder, Robert Smith’s work in Old City, Philadelphia. Points of interest include Christ Church, Franklin Court, Powell House, Saint Peter’s Church, Saint Paul’s Church, Independence Square, and Carpenters’ Hall. Please note that the tour will not be going inside any structures on the itinerary.

About Bruce Laverty

A native and life-long resident of Philadelphia, Bruce has been Gladys Brooks Curator of Architecture at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia since 1983.  There he compiled that institution’s first published catalog of architectural drawings. During his tenure, the Athenaeum’s architectural drawing collection increased six-fold.

Mr. Laverty is the founding Director of the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project and the Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, where he teaches History of Philadelphia Architecture, Intro to Historic Preservation, and History of the Philadelphia Rowhouse. In 2021 he received the James Biddle Award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for lifetime achievement in Historic Preservation.