Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City

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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...
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Overview

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.
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Walking tours of Philadelphia architecture are uncommonly rewarding, but the busy streets of the City of Brotherly Love also conceal a hidden history of buildings that did not survive time's ravages. Thomas Keels's Forgotten Philadelphia presents a stunning illustrated survey of those numerous vanished landmark structures. Using photographs, drawings, prints, maps, and architectural plans, he shows what has been lost, but he also places these buildings within historical context. A valuable resource; a lovely keepsake.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592135066
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Asian American History and Cultu Ser.
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 540,473
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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

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