The Divine Lorraine and the Architecture of the Peace Mission Movement

  • 20 Feb 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 569-3188


The Divine Lorraine and the Architecture
of the Peace Mission Movement

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street (directions)
$5 AIA Members/$10 nonmembers

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Father Divine: astute businessman, civil rights pioneer, self-proclaimed manifestation of God on earth and brilliant...historic preservationist? Join AIA Philadelphia and Hidden City Philadelphia on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Architecture as we explore Father Divine's architectural legacy in Philadelphia.

The event will feature refreshments followed by a conversation with Leonard Norman Primiano, Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Cabrini College, and Robert P. Thomas, AIA, founding partner, Cambell Thomas & Co. Architects, moderated by Hidden City founder Thaddeus Squire.

Believing heaven is the life we create for ourselves on earth, Father Divine restored a series of Victorian mansions in Philadelphia during the 1950s. Following his death in 1965, the Peace Mission Movement carried on his vision of architectural stewardship, taking meticulous care of its properties, most famously the Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad and Fairmount Sts. 

Dr. Primiano has studied the Peace Mission movement for more than two decades and was the first scholar to investigate Father Divine's approach to architecture and preservation. Thomas's firm designed a new library for the Peace Mission at the group's Woodmont estate in Gladwyne.

This event is the first in the Impossible Places, Creative Responses series of conversations hosted by Hidden City and AIA Philadelphia. The series was made possible through the generous support of Philadelphia University's College of Architecture and the Built Environment and food and beverage sponsor Joseph M. Kitchen Photography.