Friday, April 11, 2008

Victorian Interiors

Lavish Victorian Interiors of Philadelphia

Sat., June 28

Departs 4th and Independence Ave., SW
southeast corner of the Air & Space Museum
Fringe stop at I-495, Exit 27 Carpool lot

Although Philadelphia has a European flavor with its many neighborhoods of historic homes on well–established treelined streets and its charming mews and alley houses, it is also well-known for its wealth of grand Victorian architecture. The tour begins at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, a National Historic Landmark building furnished with American fine and decorative art from the first half of the 19th century. Next, the Egyptian Hall of the Masonic Temple is often called “the only perfect specimen of Egyptian architecture in America.” Enjoy lunch in Philadelphia’s splendid historic Bellevue Hotel.

In the afternoon, we visit the Academy of Fine Arts, designed by noted architect Frank Furness, followed by the Rosenbach Museum and Library. The museum was the home of brothers Dr. A.S.W., a legendary dealer and collector of rare books and manuscripts, and Philip, an expert on the fine decorative arts. The last stop is St. Mark’s Episcopal Church near Rittenhouse Square, designed in high Gothic style and based in part on medieval plans supplied by the British Ecclesiological Society.

Architectural historian Gary Scott leads this day tour.

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