Horace Trumbauer was Philadelphia’s most prolific architect, whose work can be found across the United States. He is best known, perhaps, for his New York and Newport Gilded Age mansions. In Philadelphia, however, his firm also designed a large number of institutional buildings as well as private residences. Please join us and Jim Mundy, Historian for the Union League Legacy Foundation, for a walking tour that explores Trumbauer-designed buildings that have housed Philadelphia’s premier cultural and social institutions over the past century.
The tour will begin at the Union League of Philadelphia, where we will learn about the exterior and interior spaces of this landmark institution. Our tour will then proceed through Center City to include such buildings as the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Racquet Club, the original Ritz Carlton hotel, the St. James apartment house, the Widener Building, and the Land Title Building and then through the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood to see examples of Trumbauer’s domestic architecture. The tour will end at Rittenhouse Square.
Jim Mundy is the Historian for the Union League Foundation for which he has written articles and given lectures on the Union League, the Civil War, and Philadelphia. He has led tours for the ICAA and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Jim is an alumnus of The Attingham Summer School for the Study of British Houses and Collections, and is the past-president of The Woodlands Cemetery Company and the Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation.