Preservation Alliance Architecture Walking Tours: Emergence of a Modern Metropolis

Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Paint Torch Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Experience the transformation of Philadelphia from America’s 19th century engine of industry to a 21st century capital of business and culture. This 2-hour tour explores Philadelphia’s diverse range of architectural styles and building technologies from the 1860s to the present, detailing the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the modern cityscape. It is divided into three parts:

Era 1 – Late Victorian / Post Civil War (1870 – 1890)

A period of architectural eclecticism Stone-age building techniques (masonry) with lots of ornamentation

Era 2 – Birth of the Skyscraper (1890 – 1930)
The adaptation of old forms to new functions (mass manufacturing) Steel-frame construction disguised behind traditional materials with some ornamentation

Era 3 – The Modern City (1930 – present)
A period of Modernism & Post-Modernism Curtain wall building technique allows vast, minimalist, glass surfaces

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

Email us at [email protected] for any questions or join the waitlist for a sold out tour!

Event Type: 
Community Events
Historical Preservation / Archaeology
Global Region: 
American (United States)