Philadelphia Builds: Essays on Architecture
An in-depth tout of Philadelphia’s architectural history from the 1700s to the present day—for the general reader.
In Philadelphia Builds, architecture critic Michael J. Lewis explains why Philadelphia has produced so many extraordinary architects, including Louis Kahn, Frank Furness, and Robert Venturi. Lewis has written about the architecture of his native city for over three decades, and Philadelphia Builds brings together twenty-two of his best essays―including one about Kahn’s little-known project to design a memorial for Vladimir Lenin and another which is the first substantial profile of Willis G. Hale, cult hero of Philadelphia hipsters.
Other essays treat William Penn’s plan for his new Quaker city, the fierce competitions that gave the city its greatest civic monuments, and also contemporary buildings such as the Barnes Foundation. Richly illustrated with drawings and photographs throughout, Philadelphia Builds is an engaging account of the people and forces that shaped the city from the 1700s to the present day.
- Author: Michael J. Lewis
- Publisher: Paul Dry Books, 2021
- 373 pages, 9 " x 6"
- 120 b/w photographs and images.
- ISBN: 9781589881525