Philadelphia's Society Hill is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and successful urban renewal legacies of the postwar years.
At this event, William Whitaker, Curator of the University of Pennsylvania's Architectural Archives, speaks about the "surgical" nature of Ed Bacon's plan, and the remarkable architectural examples situated therein by designers Mitchell/Giurgola, Adolf DeRoy Mark, John Bower, B/JC Knowles, and IM Pei, among others—several of which we will tour the interiors of.
The tour will begin at the northwest corner of 5th and Market Streets and will include stops by buildings and landscapes surrounding Independence Mall as well as numerous residential works in the Society Hill neighborhood.
The tour will conclude with drinks on the Stratus Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Monaco (cash bar). Participants should expect to walk for an hour and a half on level ground.