Preserving Philadelphia: Fall Speaker Series

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 6:00pm - Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 7:30pm

Thomas Jefferson University's Center for the Preservation of Modernism and MS in Historic Preservation is hosting a speaker series virtually this fall. Enjoy lectures on the Lazaretto, Paint analysis in Al Capone's Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary, Preserving Modernism and much more, all from the comfort and safety of your home.

The Lazaretto: Epidemic Philadelphia Seen From Twelve Miles Downriver - David Barnes - Tuesday, October 13, 6 PM to 7:30 PM

This presentation introduces participants to Philadelphia’s Lazaretto quarantine station, which guarded the city against the introduction of imported epidemic diseases throughout the nineteenth century. Built beginning in 1799 after four devastating yellow fever epidemics in seven years, the Lazaretto served as a riverfront sentinel and a daily battleground in which the city’s determination to protect itself confronted the imperative of ensuring the free flow of commerce through what was at the time the nation’s busiest seaport and largest city. 

Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church: A Talk by Rev. Mark Tyler - The Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler
Tuesday, October 27, 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Pride, Prejudice, and Precast - Theodore Prudon, President of DoCoMoMo US, adjunct professor at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute and a partner at Prudon & Partners in New York City  - Tuesday, November 10, 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Preservation is an ever-evolving discipline and sees a constant re-evaluation of the past. It repeats itself from generation to generation, from style to style, from place to place and now also from material to material. A building prided in one generation is often scorned the next and maybe cherished in the phase thereafter. What does this mean for our generation and modern architecture - both today and into tomorrow?

The North Atlantic Cities - Charles Duff - Tuesday, November 24, 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Why do Philadelphia and London have row houses while Houston does not? With that simple-sounding question Charles Duff embarked on an odyssey of travel and research that has resulted in a magnificent new book, The North Atlantic Cities. Starting with Dutch cities in the 1600s, Duff shows how the world’s row house cities grew up together during four tumultuous centuries and form a great family of cities today. Duff will discuss his research and findings in this virtual lecture.  

A Prison’s Colored Past: Revealing the Paint History of a Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary - Liz Trumbull and Andrew Fearon - Tuesday, December 1, 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) is considered to be the first penitentiary built in the United States. The penitentiary’s innovative radial plan, designed by English-born architect John Haviland, proved influential on a global scale as an architectural marvel built to instill penitence in the hearts of its inhabitants through solitary confinement. Active from 1829 to 1971, ESP documents the evolution of the American penal system woven into a complex building chronology spanning over 140 years. 

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection: Select Resources on Black Women - Dr. Diane Turner - Tuesday, December 15, 6 PM to 7:30 PM

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection has rich primary sources on Black women from rare books to archival collections to photographs and memorabilia. This presentation will provide an overview of some rare and unique items highlighting photographs of Black women from John W. Mosley Collection.

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Event Type: 
Guest Speaker
Arts and Culture
Global Region: 
American (United States)