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An Architectural Guidebook To Philadelphia Paperback – April 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879058900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879058906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,241,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Chapter 1 Around City Hall 2 Washington Square 3 Independence 4 Society Hill 5 Old City 6 Market East/Convention 7 South 8 Rittenhouse Square 9 Market West 10 University City 11 Parkway 12 North by Northwest 13 Germantown 14 Chestnut Hill Bibliography Index for Specialists Index

From the Back Cover

Celebrated architectural writer Francis Morrone walks us through one of the nation's most historic cities. In additin to architectural, artistic, and historical insight on its characterizing landmarks, this guide involves the reader in a quest to realize the city's mysterious legacy--the dichotomous character indicative of its two most famous sons, William Penna nd Benjamin Franklin. Whether you embrace the city's heart through Penn or its mind through Franklin, within these pages you will find an enthralling tour. This guide's all-in-one approach is indispensable for architecure, art, and history enthusiasts. It includes these popular sites and more: Independence Hall Germantown Washington Square Rittenhouse Square The Nuseum of Art Chestnut Hill

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Whitney R. Eads on July 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
How many guidebooks can you read through like a novel? I have several times, and each time is better than the last. This book is informative and entertaining. It's amazing how many new things you can learn about a city you thought you knew. And how can you not love a book where even the index is fun to read?
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By John Pastier on April 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Francis Morrone has written a breezy, insightful, and opinionated guide that's intellectually stimulating and generally well-grounded in its wide-ranging judgments, whether they involve cheesesteak sandwiches, architecture, or the comparative merits of William Penn and Ben Franklin. Morrone appreciates the city's strong architectural culture, but also isn't afraid to tweak the noses of a few local design icons, including those with the initials M/G, LK, and RV. (But alas, he dotes on the usually boring and bloodless Paul Cret.)

I just wish there were more of this book -- more illustrations and more buildings (such as the universally-overlooked Medical Building, one of the slimmest pre-war skyscrapers anywhere.) With significant structures such as Rafael Vinoly's Verizon Center, Robert Stern's Comcast Center, Cesar Pelli's Cira Centre, and Citizen's Bank Park having come on the scene since the book was published eleven years ago, it's time for an expanded second edition.

James Iska's uncommonly well-crafted photographs enhance the book, but deserve better treatment than the low-contrast reproduction afforded by the publisher.

All in all, a wonderful architectural guidebook to America's most underrated city.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Simon on April 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a diappointment. I expected a book which would discuss the architecture of the buildings of Philadelphia. Instead the book is about the history of the city and its buildings with scant discussion of the architure. A Better title for this book would be , The Historical Significance of The Buildings of Philadelphia. For a guide book their were surprisingly few (black and white) photographs. I would suggest , Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide To The City; by The Foundation For Architecture .
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jessica on May 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
I wanted a book that gave me lots of facts, not that gave the authors opinion on hippies and other irelevant things.
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