22 September: main stair, AMTRAK Station, Wilmington, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Tour: Furness-designed railroad buildings, Security Trust Bank, Delaware Historical Society exhibit
24 September: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 5.30 PM
Exhibit Opening and Lecture: “Frank Furness: Working on the Railroads”
27 October: The University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives – in the reading room of the Fisher Fine Arts Library 9:30 – 11:00 am
“Frank Furness: Making a Modern Library”
Exhibit opening, gallery talk and conference with historians James F. O’Gorman, author, The Architecture of Frank Furness (1973), George E. Thomas, author, Frank Furness: the Complete Works, William Whitaker, director of the Architectural Archives, Henry Myerberg, FAIA, award winning library designer.
For more information, please visit: http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/homecoming2012/category.html
7 November 2012, 12:00 noon
George E. Thomas: “The Poetry of the Present: Understanding Frank Furness”
Art at Lunch Program
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Auditorium, 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
One of the most prolific and creative American architects of the 19th century, this year is the 100th anniversary of the death of Frank Furness. George Thomas, author, scholar and organizer of a city-wide Furness celebration this fall, examines the unique cultural context that freed the young architect to step into the modern world and create some of his most exuberant masterworks, resulting in modern day landmarks like PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building and the library at the University of Pennsylvania.
8 November 2012, 7:00 p.m.
George E. Thomas: “Baldwin School’s Frank Furness Masterpiece: Making Architecture in the Age of the Great Machines”
Baldwin School, The Residence Building, 701 W. Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
12 November 2012, 7:00 PM
George E. Thomas, Ph.D. will lecture on “A Birthday Bash for Frank Furness – Two Rivals: Frank Furness and Joseph Wilson“
Centennial Bank, now the Paul Peck Center, Drexel University, 32nd and Market Streets
30 November – 2 December: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
“Frank Furness: His City, His World”
For more information, please visit: http://www.philaathenaeum.org/symposium.html