The Philadelphia Architecture Guide

The Philadelphia Architecture Guide

Bethany Seawright
Mar 25, 2011

As a graduate student of Interior Design in Philadelphia, I have studied many of our city's great works of architecture and have often been assigned historical buildings as a starting place for my design projects. Over and over again, I amazed at the number of formidable architects than have come through our city and influenced its ever-changing landscape.

Naturally, I was thrilled when ArchDaily came out with their Architecture City Guide for Philadelphia this week! Limited to twelve picks, the list includes recent notables such as the Comcast and Cira Centers, as well as residential gems like Split Level House and The Modules. All in all, it's a great list of mostly recent architecture.

But what about the pioneers? The landmark works by legends such as Frank Furness, Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen and Frank Lloyd Wright? It's hard to imagine our city without their influence — it's everywhere. And so I've added a few to the list — some classic, some contemporary and some everyday favorites. I've even included some not-yet-completed works. This is by no means an exhaustive list, however. (In a city this rich in architectural history, I fear that would be an impossible task.) But it's a starting place — for learning, appreciating and exploring this cityscape we call home.


What are your thoughts on the architecture of Philadelphia? What favorites are missing from the list?

AD Classics: Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi
Esherick House by Louis Kahn
Norman Fisher House / Louis Kahn
Frank Furness in Ritt-Fit

Images: all as linked above, except 5. Additional image: Wikimedia Commons 9. Modern Homes Philadelphia 14. The Chronicle

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