History of U.S. Architecture through Philadelphia Buildings

This lecture will cover the major stylistic developments in American architecture using notable Philadelphia buildings as examples. Three centuries of styles will be covered from the 18th century Georgian, Federal and Greek revival through to the Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, Second Empire, Beaux Arts, Chicago School, Art Deco, International and Postmodern. Along with formal stylistic developments, the patrons, urban context, and methods of construction will be studied. Local buildings studied will include the Second Bank of the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Eastern State Penitentiary, City Hall, the Land Title Building, and the PSFS.

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Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class.

You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.