Forgotten Philadelphia

Lost Architecture of the Quaker City

Thomas H. Keels
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Publication: Sep 07

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320 pages
10 x 8
1 figs., 208 halftones

Lost treasures of Philadelphia architecture come to life again


Forgotten Philadelphia provides a richly illustrated survey of landmark Philadelphia buildings that have succumbed to the ravages of time and changing tastes. More than three centuries of masterful architecture, from William Penn's Slate Roof House to Romaldo Giurgola's Liberty Bell Pavilion, demolished only last year, are brought back to life in this beautifully designed book. Writing with obvious affection as well as a deep knowledge of his subjects, Thomas Keels employs photographs, drawings, prints, maps, and architectural plans to revisit these vanished treasures. Unlike other books on landmark buildings, Forgotten Philadelphia discusses works of architecture not only from a design standpoint but also in terms of their significance to the city's political, economic, and cultural life. Organized chronologically from 1682 to the present, this book provides a context that allows readers to understand how tastes change over time, rendering obsolete the very buildings that were once considered to be works of art and genius. The final chapter, "Projected Philadelphia," describes fifteen structures that might have changed the face of the city had they ever moved beyond the drafting table.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Penn's Green Country Town (1682 to 1775) 2. Athens of America (1776 to 1820) 3. City in Transition (1821 to 1860) 4. Workshop of the World (1861 to 1900) 5. The Consumer City (1901 to 1940) 6. Renaissance and Retrenchment (1940 to present) 7. Projected Philadelphia Notes Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author(s)

Thomas H. Keels is a local writer and historian. He is the author of Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries and co-author of Chestnut Hill.