William Whitaker

William Whitaker

William Whitaker, curator and collections manager, Kroiz Gallery and Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, will be the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting and Lecture of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Whitaker’s talk will explore Chestnut Hill’s modern architecture from the late 1920s to the present, describing its character and impact both locally and globally as one of the most remarkable expressions of American design.

Extraordinary architecture defines Chestnut Hill. During the early 1960s, internationally renowned Philadelphia architects Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi, and Romaldo Giurgola created works there of enduring power and influence. And yet, these works also recall the simple, direct expression of the vernacular that mark the area’s earlier examples.

The meeting will be held at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in the Wissahickon Room, 500 West Willow Grove Avenue. Please park in the Science Building lot or the school side of Willow Grove Avenue.

The business meeting and election of Directors will begin at 4 p.m. with the lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m., followed by light refreshments. This is a free event and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. Please respond to Kendl Hommel at 215-247-0417, ext. 106, or khommel@chhist.org.

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