Philadelphia Chapter Society of Architectural Historians CONSERVATION OF FRANK FURNESS' 1876 CENTENNIAL ARCH

  • 27 Nov 2012
  • 6:00 PM
  • Upper Gallery of Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th St, University of Pennsylvania Campus
In the late 19th-century visitors to Fairmount Park or Laurel Hill Cemetery often arrived via steamship along the Schuylkill River. In the 1880s you began your climb up the meandering staircase by entering under an intricately carved sandstone arch. The arch, designed by Frank Furness, was originally a feature of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition along States Avenue to promote Connecticut brownstone as a building material.  For decades the arch has been obscured by thick brush along Kelly Drive. Earlier this year Penn Historic Preservation Program Masters Candidate Brett C. Sturm prepared a masonry conservation plan for the arch. Recently the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust has started to implement that plan. Please join us as Brett presents an overview of his plan to conserve and preserve this important piece of Philadelphia's past.

Free and open to the public.
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