Exhibition Tour

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Location: Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, but space is limited and open to Oliver Evans SIA Chapter Members only.  Registration required no later than Sunday, Feb 28 at info@siaoliverevans.org. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE WITHOUT A REGISTRATION OR YOU MAY BE TURNED AWAY.

2017-03-01-laying-tracks-bruce-lavertyThe introduction of railroads in the 1830s initiated a revolution in the development of American industry, land use, and social patterns. The new technology challenged the nascent American professions of architecture and engineering to create entirely new building and structural types to meet railroad needs— passenger waiting stations, bridges, train sheds, repair shops, grand downtown depots, and even bedroom suburbs. For more than 100 years, Philadelphia’s most important designers met this challenge, including William Strickland, Thomas U. Walter, John Notman, Theophilus P. Chandler, the Wilson Brothers, Frank Furness, Horace Trumbauer and Paul P. Cret. This exhibit features drawings, prints, photographs, and manuscripts that document how these Philadelphia architects and engineers transformed not only their own city, but much of the American landscape.

The exhibition is on view February 13 through May 12, 2017.  Additionally it will be the focus of a symposium on April 28 & 29.  For details keep your eye on the Athenaeum website http://www.philaathenaeum.org/