• 456 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • 45 color photos, 3 tables, 1 line drawing, 61 halftones
  • Price: $35.00
  • EAN: 9781439914205
  • Publication: Dec 2016
  • Price: $35.00
  • EAN: 9781439914229
  • Publication: Dec 2016

Building Drexel

The University and Its City, 1891-2016

Edited by Richardson Dilworth and Scott Gabriel Knowles

Published in conjunction with Drexel University’s 125th anniversary, Building Drexel chronicles the founding of the university by Anthony J. Drexel through to the present day. The editors and contributors create a prismatic discussion of the university and its evolution.

Richly illustrated chapters cover the architectural history of notable Drexel buildings; the role of Drexel in Philadelphia’s modern history; its Greek life; sports—particularly Drexel’s history in the Big 5; and each of the university’s schools and colleges. There is a history of the medical college and law school, plus the creation of new schools such as those of biomedical engineering, science and health systems.

Building Drexel also documents the civil rights history of Drexel and its urban planning history in relation to the racially diverse Powelton Village and Mantua neighborhoods it borders. This commemorative volume shows the development of the university both in the city and in the world.

Contributors include: Lloyd Ackert, Cordelia Frances Biddle, Paula Marantz Cohen, Donna Marie De Carolis, Roger Dennis, Gloria Donnelly, Kevin D. Egan, Alissa Falcone, David Fenske, John A. Fry, Stephen F. Gambescia, Marla J. Gold, Charles Haas, Kathy Harvatt, Daniel Johnson, Jeannine Keefer, Larry Keiser, Michael Kelley, Jason Ludwig, Jonson Miller, Julie Mostov, Danuta A. Nitecki, Anthony M. Noce, Steven J. Peitzman, David Raizman, Tiago Saraiva, Amy E. Slaton, Nathaniel Stanton, Virginia Theerman, Laura Valenti, James Wolfinger, Eric A. Zillmer, and the editors.


"This book chronicles the founding of the university by Anthony J. Drexel in 1891 and its 125 years since.... It is certainly a useful book for alumni and for libraries with a reference area dealing with universities in our state." —Pennsylvania Magazine

About the Author(s)

Richardson Dilworth is Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for Public Policy at Drexel University. He is the author of The Urban Origins of Suburban Autonomy, and the editor or coeditor of five books, including Social Capital in the City: Community and Civic Life in Philadelphia (Temple) and, most recently with Christine Palus, the CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States.

Scott Gabriel Knowles is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Drexel University. He is the author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America, and editor of Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City.