We are pleased to present video recordings of past programs by our distinguished speakers. Click on the titles or images below to be redirected to the YouTube page where you can watch each recording.
A. Shanken and M. Lewis discuss Shanken’s new book in this event, “Why Memorials are Strange: A Book Chat About the Everyday Life of Memorials”
In “Joe Bright, Architect (1905-1976): From Penn to Pioneering Modernism in Southern Georgia,” Dr. Al Willis speaks about the fascinating career of a designer grappling with introducing Modern design principles to a traditional society.
Historians and terra cotta experts Jay Shockley and Susan Tunick reveal a recent discovery attributing the Chambersburg, Pa. county courthouse to architect Samuel Sloan based on its terra-cotta connection.
Short presentations by G. Bryant on Mexican Modernists; B. Laverty on Portraits of the City by Lukowicz; P. Ravacon on Walter H. Thomas. V. Aplenc on Cultural Landscapes of Slovenia; P. Spilner on Thomas U. Walter’s Mansion for Jacob Levy Florance; J. Cohen on Residences by J.P. Sims in “the New Germantown”; G. Prichard on the soon-to-be-demolished Ardmore Train Station
Paula Spilner reveals the fascinating history she’s uncovered about the role that renowned architect Thomas U. Walter played in the development of the Green Hill suburb of Philadelphia in the 19th century.
Pablo Meninato, Temple University, examines the relationship between urban design and social equity in “Architecture Confronting Inequality: Slum Upgrading Tactics in Latin America.” The talk was delivered on May 27, 2021.
Kevin Block reviews the career of mid-century Modern Philadelphia architect Vincent Kling and his fascinating work for Lankenau Hospital in Lower Merion. The lecture was delivered on Mar. 25, 2021.
In “Alfred Panepinto, Modernist?” scholar Al Willis discusses Philadelphia architect Panepinto’s work for Sun Oil Company’s J. Howard Pew as well as some of his many commissions for academic institutions. Part of the chapter’s “The Elusive Philadelphia School; The Many Guises of Philadelphia’s Modernism” lecture series, this talk was originally presented on Mar. 11, 2021 and followed by a lively Q+A session; due to technical problems, the talk had to be re-recorded in April with no audience (and therefore the original Q+A is lost).
Elizabeth (Libby) Browne investigates sources that suggest French Huguenot roots for what we Americans typically call Flemish bond brick. The lecture was delivered on Oct 21, 2020.
Greg Prichard, Historic Preservation Planner for Lower Merion Township, reveals a century of architectural history from the township archives. Lower Merion is home to great Main Line estates, commercial landmarks, and countless other significant historic resources. This talk, the chapter’s inaugural zoom presentation, was first delivered on Aug 5, 2020, followed by a lengthy Q+A session. Mr. Prichard re-delivered the talk on June 22, 2021 so it could be recorded, but without an audience.