March 15, 2016 |
Lawrence S. Williams, 98, a prominent Philadelphia photographer who chronicled World War II, took pictures of two presidents, then focused his camera on the city's architecture, died Saturday, March 5, of pneumonia at Shannondell at Valley Forge. Mr. Williams worked with city planner Edmund Bacon and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on an ambitious project to document the cityscape as its buildings changed after 1950. The fruits of that effort became the Williams Collection, a treasure trove of 250,000 images that the Athenaeum of Philadelphia acquired in 2001.
May 18, 2015 |
The Wagner Free Institute of Science is famed for its collection of animal and fossil specimens housed in rows of 19th-century glass cabinets. But one of the museum's greatest scientific works is neither animal nor vegetable. It's mineral: the patented iron-and-wood truss that holds up the roof. The Wagner's main exhibit hall is such a spectacular sight it's doubtful many visitors have paid much attention to the structure overhead. Yet the roof truss is what makes that immense, open-plan room possible.
January 22, 2015 |
It might seem a perverse exercise to some, but one of Philadelphia's most venerable institutions, the Athenaeum, has sponsored an architectural competition - Looking Forward : Reimagining the Athenaeum of Philadelphia - seeking designs for a new building. Not to worry. The bookish Athenaeum, situated in a splendid National Historic Landmark Italianate brownstone on Washington Square at 219 S. Sixth Street, is not really looking for a new home. It is not going anywhere.
May 30, 2014 |
Steven A. Weixler, 60, of Society Hill, an interior designer, died Wednesday, April 30, of a rare neurological disorder at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Born in Louisville, Ky., Mr. Weixler graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Kentucky. He moved to Chicago, and then to Philadelphia in 1981. Shortly after arriving, he met Walter Peterson, who became a close friend for more than 30 years. In 1983, they formed Peterson & Weixler, an interior-design firm.
May 24, 2014 |
Russell T. Harris Jr., 89, of Philadelphia, a federal court reporter for many years, died Friday, May 16, of dementia at Wissahickon Hospice. Mr. Harris served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in Borneo. He graduated from stenography school and in 1955 became an official court reporter for the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Early in his career, Mr. Harris was asked to transcribe interviews filmed by local TV stations. Among those whose words he chronicled were John F. Kennedy before he became president, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and Adlai Stevenson.
February 10, 2014 |
Richard E. Carter, 78, of Philadelphia, a pioneer and leader for more than 40 years in the field of continuing education for lawyers, died Monday, Jan. 27, of heart failure at his home. Mr. Carter came to Philadelphia in 1993 to serve as executive director of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education. The group is a national provider of continuing legal education. Colleague Michael Greenwald said Mr. Carter was a comfortable person with whom to work.
January 26, 2013 |
Sometimes, when guests step inside the Washington Square condominium of Gail Caskey Winkler and her husband, Roger Moss, there's a classic double-take moment. Past the typical 1960s architecture in the building's public spaces, a sudden sense of grandeur grabs you - all the way from antiquity forward. In the vestibule, a classic black-and-white patterned floor of marble and granite, rests a first-century B.C. amphora, a carrying vessel that looks its age. But on a wall nearby is an unmistakably modern steel sculpture.
March 2, 2012 |
Our relationship to nature isn't a done deal or a set formula. As a reminder of that, we only need look at the appealing simplicity and interest of several featured artworks relating to ancient Egypt in an otherwise diverse display, "The Decorated Book: Continuing a Tradition," at the Athenaeum. One of these, a big "scarab" woodcarving (actually a beetle-shaped case for a book), immediately caught my eye. John Magnan recently handcarved this solid and well-conceived sculpture with movable parts.
December 2, 2011
Special Events 10th Annual Taste of Success Featuring a dozen entrepreneurs competing for prizes in a cookoff and bakeoff contest. Jack's Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Ave.; 215-232-9000. www.ewtasteofsuccess2011.eventbrite.com . $70; $27 students & clients. 12/2. 6-8 pm. Etc. Performance Series A work-in-progress series. Community Education Center (CEC Meeting House), 3500 Lancaster Ave.; 215 387-1911. $10; $8 seniors/students. Closes 12/4. Fairyland of Chemistry: Victorian Science Performance An original production based on 19th-century texts that helped Victorian-era children learn chemistry.
June 24, 2011 |
Nicholas K. Wyman, 44, of South Philadelphia, an architect with a passion for historic preservation and his adopted city, died of a rare form of lymphoma Thursday, April 14, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Rhode Island, Mr. Wyman first arrived in Philadelphia in 1995 as an architect for the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park. Among his projects there were repairing the tower of Independence Hall, documenting the interior of the Merchants' Exchange, and assessing the condition of the facade of the Second Bank of the United States.