Philadelphia is a museum of architecture, full of notable structures from the late 1600s to the present day. Virtually every neighborhood contains interesting buildings, bridges, or streets.
Philadelphia architects such as William Strickland, Thomas Ustick Walter, Frank Furness, Wilson Eyre, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venuti/Denise Scott Brown, among others, gained national or international reputations.
But numerous skilled, if lesser-known, designers and builders contributed the row houses, stone colonials, churches, schools, railroad stations, factories, municipal buildings, etc. which make up the fabric of the city.
The upper part of East Falls, formerly known as Queen Lane Manor, within a few-blocks area contains excellent examples of a range of architectural styles: grandiose Beaux Arts, clean and crisp International, Art Deco, Georgian Revival, Jacobean, and more.
The East Falls Historical Society will offer a walking tour of these sites at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 18.
Creating and leading the tour are Steven J. Peitzman, professor of medicine at Drexel University and a long-time architecture enthusiast; and Ken Hinde, lecturer and tour guide formerly with the Foundation for Architecture and the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
Some of the history of the Queen Lane Manor district will also be discussed, from General George Washington to oil baron William G. Warden. This tour does not duplicate the successful Wissahickon Avenue tour offered by the EFHS in 2012.
We will meet at the Revolutionary War monument on the southeast corner of Queen Lane and Fox Street. The fee is $15, or $10 for EFHS members. The tour will occupy about one and one-half hours. Comfortable walking shoes are advised! For more information, contact Steven Peitzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.