Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City

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Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City

About the Author:

Tom Keels is the author of seven published books on Philadelphia and American history. Besides his books, Tom is a lecturer, tour guide, writer, and commentator specializing in Philadelphia history, architecture, and cemeteries. Tom has appeared on "Mysteries at the Museum" on the Travel Channel, on History Making Production's "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment," and on "Philly Firsts" on WLVT/PBS39. His articles have appeared in Philadelphia Style, The Rittenhouse Sq. Revue, Germantown Crier, and many local newspapers. Tom has been a tour guide at Laurel Hill Cemetery for twenty years. He has also given tours of the Woodlands, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, and other historic Philadelphia sites. 

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By Thomas H. Keels


How does a landmark become, after just a few generations, a landfill? In Forgotten Philadelphia, Thomas Keels takes the reader on a lavishly illustrated journey through three centuries of Philadelphia's architecture: what was built, how the public perceived the value of certain buildings, and why those buildings were eventually demolished. In writing that celebrates Philadelphia's past without ever being sentimental, Keels describes a city that was always reinventing itself, filled with people who always had a very measured view of the worth and beauty of its public architecture.

  • Hardcover
  • 10" x 9/10" x 8"
  • 320 pages
  • Temple University Press, 2007
  • ISBN-10: 1592135064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592135066


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