On March 20th, Temple University’s American Studies Program welcomed William Whitaker, who spoke about modern architecture in Greater Philadelphia.

William Whitaker is the curator and collections manager of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania–one of the world’s leading repositories of architectural records.  He has organized and co-curated over 30 exhibitions, including retrospectives on Louis I. Kahn, Lawrence Halprin, Robert LeRicolais, and most recently on Antonin and Noémi Raymond.  In addition, Whitaker directed research for the landmark retrospective Out of the Ordinary: the Architecture and Design of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown & Associates, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2000.  Trained as an architect, Whitaker received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches as a visiting lecturer in the Historic Preservation and History of Art departments.

If you were fortunate enough to hear Bill’s talk, you know some of the follow up questions that folks raised.  Of course, there are a lot more.  The subject of architecture in the 2nd half of the the 20th century in Philadelphia is wide open.  Here’s a place to keep the conversation going…

One Response to “Whitaker on “Heroes and Misfits””

  1. Robert Skaler said

    Hi : I saw Inga Saffron’s great article on you. I have a huge postcard collection some of the ones from the 1950’s and 60’s show buildings that are no longer standing like Liberty Federal Savings Bank at 202 N Broad, City Line Marriott,Mowhark Motor Lodge off the Parkway, & Upper Darby in the 1950’s
    I have a slide of Pep Boys on North Broad Street which had statutes of Manny, Moe, & Jack on the roof taken in 1984.The building is still there sans the boys.
    Let me know if you would like to copy some of these images for your collection. Regards Bob Skaler 267 266 8855

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