Building, Philadelphia Style
One of the most innovative architects of his time, Frank Furness created bold, imaginative buildings that have left a special mark in Philadelphia during the High Victorian period. While many of his buildings have been destroyed, some remarkable examples remain. Join us as we head to Center City by school bus to discover “Furness in Philly.” First, we’ll take a close look at the marvelous Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from an architectural point of view, seeing Furness’s ideas revealed in its design and learning from our guide about the life of this fascinating man. Next, we’ll take a short walking tour in a Center City neighborhood still graced with Furness buildings. Boarding the bus again, we’ll make a brief stop by his Centennial Bank Building (now owned by Drexel University) before having lunch at the Jose Garces restaurant on the ground floor of the Cira Centre. Then we’ll head for a guided tour of the fabulous Fisher Fine Arts Library, a.k.a. the Furness Building, on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Wear comfortable shoes as this tour will include a lot of walking.
Cost includes transportation by school bus, entrance fees, guides, lunch, snack and gratuities.
506 – $107
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Cheltenham High School promptly at 9 a.m.