Celebrating I.M. Pei and Modern Architecture this spring

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Docomomo US/Greater Philadelphia

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The Greater Philadelphia chapter has kicked off the Spring with great events highlighting modern architecture in the area. Read what has taken place and what is to come!

 

On March 19, we co-sponsored a book talk by Barbara Miller Lane, Bryn Mawr professor and founder of the Growth and Structure of Cities Department. She spoke about Houses for a New World: Builders and Buyers in American Suburbs 1945-1965. She gave an engaging lecture about suburban split levels and ranchers and the builders that realized them. Often dismissed as ticky-tacky little boxes, Lane explained how well-designed and important these homes were to post-war architectural history. Audience turnout was at about 40, which was great for a Sunday afternoon. The talk took place at the Philomathean Society in College Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Also in the space was a student-researched and installed Philadelphia School exhibition. The event was co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of Society of Architectural Historians.

 

 On April 6, we hosted a One Book One Brew event (a twist on our popular One Building One Brew happy hours) focused on Wendy Lesser’s talk on her new book, You Say Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn. Here in Philadelphia, we relish any opportunity to discuss Louis Kahn. A number of members and enthusiasts met before Lesser’s Free Library book talk, at Rose Tattoo Cafe. We then walked over to the Free Library auditorium and sat together for the talk.

Upcoming Event

 

In honor of I.M. Pei’s recent 100th birthday, we will be having our next happy hour, One Building One Brew, at his design for Society Hill’s 1960s urban redevelopment-- Society Hill Towers and Townhouses. We will meet at 5:30pm on the lawn, west of the west tower, 220 Locust Street, and discuss I.M. Pei, the Society Hill Towers complex, and his contribution to modern architecture in Philadelphia and beyond. Architect Kevin A. Yoder, will lead a tour through his Pei-designed townhouse, restored and thoughtfully renovated by him prior to establishing his firm, kYODERdesign.