Philadelphia architecture: a guide to the city

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MIT Press, Jun 14, 1984 - Architecture - 176 pages
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This first official guide to Philadelphia architecture will prove indispensable to visitors, residents, and professionals. The core of the guide is a catalog of 250 buildings representing a broad range of building types and architectural styles. The building entries are divided into three chronological sections: 1682-1820; 1821-1900; 1900-1983. Each entry gives the name, date, location, and architect as well as information about the client, events related to the building, its use and major architectural features. The descriptions show how the buildings fit into the social and economic history of the city as well as how they relate to the evolution of architectural styles. One hundred and forty buildings are illustrated with photographs.

Each chronological section is introduced by an essay which describes the physical, social, and economic growth of the city, thereby placing the buildings in a broader context. These essays are illustrated by maps and decorative arts representative of the period. There is an illustrated glossary of architectural terms and biographies of the most important Philadelphia architects.

The guide also contains nine walking and driving tours with four-color maps of areas with significant concentrations of important buildings, and cross-referenced to the building entries. Places of interest in the city and region such as the Italian Market, Longwood Gardens, and The Philadelphia Zoo are highlighted. A reference section (places to get information about architecture, tours and the like) and an index conclude this handy, informative book.

Philadelphia Architecture is copublished with The Foundation for Architecture, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute for Architects.

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About the author (1984)

John Andrew Gallery is Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. He created the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development and served as its first Director. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Fells Center, Harvard University, and University of Texas at Austin.