Alternate Histories of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Back in the day, when architectural visionaries were designing Philadelphia, there was a big push to replicate a smaller version of the Champs-Elysees where our modern-day Benjamin Franklin Parkway is located. At least they tried, right? It was an ambitious plan of action, and not all of the original ideas came to be. On this unique walking tour with Rob Armstrong, the preservation and capital projects manager for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, you’ll explore the long, tangled history of those lofty ideas and how the city’s designers settled on the Parkway’s current landscape. You’ll learn about project proposals like the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Temple of Music, which would have boasted three auditoriums for opera, recitals and, of course, the Philadelphia Orchestra—and how the Great Depression squashed those dreams. You’ll also learn about Tadao Ando’s Calder Museum and Louis Kahn’s extensive Triangle Redevelopment Plan, one you should be glad was never implemented. But don’t fret: Your tour guide will not neglect the structures that stand today, like the grand Philadelphia Museum of Art, the former School District of Philadelphia headquarters, which now houses luxury apartments the Rodin Museum and the Family Court Building. / Caroline Newton

11am. Free. Moore College, 1916 Race St. hiddencityphila.org
 

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WHEN
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Recurring: ONCE

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11am. Free.

WHERE
Moore College of Art & Design , 1916 Race St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/09/2013. .

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