David Brownlee - Building the City Beautiful in Philadelphia

The City Beautiful Movement was America's first internationally important contribution to city planning, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is one of its most fully realized examples. To mark the centennial of the Parkway, David Brownlee has prepared a new edition of his Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He'll explain how the Parkway came into being and share some of his new research about what was demolished to build it, the role played by Julian Abele, the notable African-American architect, in the design of the Free Library and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the rivalrous relationship of two French architects and planners, Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber.

David Brownlee is a planning and architecture historian and the Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

The lecture and reception will be held in the Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art (12th and Norris)

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Hosted by the Tyler School of Art's programs in City & Regional Planning and Community Development.

Made possible in part through the use of GAF funds.


  • Date & Time

    2018-01-31 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location

    Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, Temple University