DOCOMOMO Tour of Modernist Buildings at the University of Pennsylvania

  • 06 Oct 2012
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 3333 Walnut Street (UPenn campus) - Philadelphia, PA 19104

Registration

Join us and for a Tour and Lecture of Modernist Buildings at the University of Pennsylvania Campus, featuring Dr. Emily Cooperman, author of the Richards Medical Building and Goddard Labs Nomination for Historic Landmark Status. 

Group A begins at 10am at Hill College House 3333 Walnut Street, corner of 33rd and Walnut Streets.  At 10:45 they will be led to the Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Laboratory for the remainder of the tour.

Group B begins at 10am at the Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Laboratory 3710 Hamilton Walk.  At 10:45 they will be led to the Hill College House for the remainder of the tour.

Look for Guides with Tour Day Logo Flags. When you arrive at either site, please bring a copy of your tickets, either printed or displayed on your mobile phone.

Student discounts are available! Enter discount code 'STUDENT' for $5 off the ticket price. Students will be asked to present a valid student ID at the event.

REGISTER HERE

About the buildings

The Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Laboratory and David Goddard Labs were completed in 1964 and were the first buildings designed by Louis I. Kahn to be designated a National Historic Landmark.  Fewer than 2,500 buildings across the country have received this status.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior John Kempthorne named the building a landmark for its significant contribution to architectural history "as one of the most important works of mid-20th-century American modernism"

The Hill College House was designed by Finnish American Architect, Eero Saarinen in 1958.  Currently a Coed dorm, it was originally a designed as girl’s dormitory, with textured brick, a moat and gates resembling a fortress, signaling that it was off limits to male students.  Built during the height of the Cold War, it contained a bomb shelter in the basement. Eero Saarinen was also the architect of the St. Louis Arch and the former TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport.


NOTE: Due to privacy issues, the interior of the buildings will not be open for the tour.