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Philadelphia Architecture :
A Guide to the City, Third Edition

Philadelphia Architecture

228 pp.
5.5" x 10.5"
July 2009
ISBN: 9781589880474

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John Andrew Gallery

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This updated, comprehensive guide to Philadelphia's architecture will appeal to tourists and locals alike.

"The architectural heritage of over 300 years is visible on every street in every section of the city: Philadelphia is quite literally a museum of American architecture. Its 'collection' includes . . . virtually every important style found throughout the United States." —From the Introduction

Philadelphia Architecture provides descriptions and photographs of over 400 of the city's important buildings. With seven walking tours, historical timelines, and short biographies of Philadelphia architects (including Frank Furness and Louis Kahn), the book will appeal to visitors, residents, and architecture enthusiasts.

The core of the guide is a catalog of 250 buildings representing a broad range of building types and architectural styles. The building entries are divided into three chronological sections: 1682 - 1820; 1821 - 1900; 1900 - 1983. Each entry gives the name, date, location, and architect as well as information about the client, events related to the building, its use and major architectural features. The descriptions show how the buildings fit into the social and economic history of the city as well as how they relate to the evolution of architectural styles.

Each chronological section is introduced by an essay which describes the physical, social, and economic growth of the city, thereby placing the buildings in a broader context. These essays are illustrated by maps and decorative arts representative of the period. There is an illustrated glossary of architectural terms and biographies of the most important Philadelphia architects.

The guide also contains nine walking and driving tours with four-color maps of areas with significant concentrations of important buildings, and cross-referenced to the building entries. Places of interest in the city and region such as the Italian Market, Longwood Gardens, and The Philadelphia Zoo are highlighted. A reference section (places to get information about architecture, tours and the like) and an index conclude this handy, informative book.

Philadelphia Architecture is copublished with The Foundation for Architecture, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute for Architects.

John Andrew Gallery is Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and is a Partner at Urban Partners. He sits on the board of YouthBuild Charter School, an institution he helped establish. Previously, Mr. Gallery created the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development and served as its first Director. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Fells Center, Harvard University, and University of Texas at Austin. He was Coordinator and Vice President of Development, as well as Consultant to the Mayor, on the Philadelphia Bicentennial Corporation, and was the Senior Urban Designer at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission responsible for the final design of Market East. Mr. Gallery sits on a number of other boards and has published several architectural guides as well as countless articles.

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