The Philadelphia Chapter is looking forward to its 2014-2015 program year, which started with an outstanding event at the end of September, the one-day Henry Hope Reed Symposium “The Future of the Golden City.” An exceptional panel of a dozen speakers, including Chapter members John Blatteau and Alvin Holm, spoke on what Henry’s legacy is and what the future holds for the Golden City. The event at the Franklin Inn Club concluded with a cocktail social for speakers, attendees, and Chapter members, where the spirited conversation continued, including the possibility of another gathering in 2015 in celebration of Henry’s centennial.
Following on the heels of this spectacular start to the season, we will be welcoming Peter Archer, AIA for our third presentation of “It’s a Classic: Timeless Tradition in Today’s Architecture” on October 15 at the Center for Architecture. Held in conjunction with the annual DesignPhiladelphia festival, this series highlights contemporary designs in the Philadelphia region that are inspired by traditional design principles to create buildings which are modern, technologically advanced, and forward-looking. We will also present the next installment of our Conversations with Philadelphia’s Radical Traditionalists, focusing on “The Offices.” To be held on November 13 at the Franklin Inn Club, we will focus on local architects who were deeply influenced by their early mentors in the classical tradition, and who in turn have become successful practitioners as they shape the next generation. This session will be complemented in February with another session dedicated to “The Educators,” presenting them with the opportunity to reflect on their influences and the impact they have had on the practice of architecture both locally and nationally. Other events being planned for the Spring include the Annual Alvin Holm Lecture and an insider’s tour of the spectacular Bryn Athyn Cathedral, before concluding with the ever-popular Spring Cocktail Social.
Details of all our events will be sent to our friends and members via e-mail, and will be posted at our new website at classicist-phila.org. Additional notices are also shared on our Twitter account at the address @icaaphila and on Facebook at ICAA-Philadelphia. And you can always contact us at (215) 609-8357 or e-mail us at [email protected].
New members are always welcome, and we gratefully thank our current members and sponsors for their continued support of the Chapter, especially our previous season sponsors Gale Nurseries and Lundy Beldecos & Milby.