Henry Reed’s Philadelphia

The Goddess Diana ("The Huntress), symbol of the ICAA, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (All photos by David Brussat)

The Goddess Diana (“The Huntress), symbol of the ICAA, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (All photos by David Brussat)

Your far-flung correspondent was in Philadelphia (five-hour train ride) to attend, speak at and report on the Henry Hope Reed legacy symposium sponsored by the city’s chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. It was a delightful and provocative event, on which I will have more to say, and held in part to prepare a more ambitious celebration of his centennial next year. I took almost five hundred photos of the City of Brotherly Love, on a day that has rarely been surpassed for shooting pictures. I just walked around taking photos, without doing much to identify the buildings I was unfamiliar with. Some of them will be obvious even to non-Philadelphians. Most of them represent the Philadelphia with which Henry was surely in love. All will be, if I have done my job well in their selection, pleasing to the eye (this is not a coincidence!). Here are a few:

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About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to Henry Reed’s Philadelphia

  1. Clem Labine says:

    GREAT PHOTOS! And they certainly prove Henry Hope Reed’s point about the necessity of ornament and sculpture to make a building complete.


  2. Victoria says:

    Amazing photos!


  3. Eric Daum says:

    I was fortunate to live in Center City for a year and a half when I began my career, I never tired of long walks to see the many wonderful buildings that city. It is a Classicist’s paradise.


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