Upcoming Meeting

The front façade of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia,
designed by Frank Furness, 1871-1876.

Why Frank Furness Matters

by George Thomas

Accomplished architectural historian George Thomas will share some of his extensive knowledge about renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness.

The lecture will demonstrate the connections between the industrial culture that shaped Philadelphia and Frank Furness's architecture and the students whom he taught — Louis Sullivan, William Price and George Howe. Those students carried Furness' values into the future and shaped much that we consider modern architecture.

Front cover of George Thomas' 2018 book.

This presentation will be held at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, PA on Sunday 17 November 2019, starting at 2 pm. Visitors are welcome free of charge.

George E. Thomas is a cultural and architectural historian who serves as codirector of the Critical Conservation Program at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. His books include First Modern: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and, with David B. Brownlee, Building America's First University: An Architectural and Historical Guide to the University of Pennsylvania, both available from the University of Pennsylvania Press; and Frank Furness: The Complete Works with Michael Lewis and Jeffrey Cohen. He is also lead author of the Buildings of Philadelphia volume in the Society of Architectural Historians' series Buildings of the United States.


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