Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9-5 Researchers must make an appointment.
Focus: national. Consists of: architectural drawings, both individual drawings and complete archives; documents/correspondence; building fragments; vintage photographs. Strengths: Thomas U. Walter, including drawings for U. S. Capitol, John Notman, Theophilus P. Chandler, Addison Hutton, Benjamin Linfoot, Mellor, Meigs & Howe, Paul P. Cret, Horace Trumbauer, Louis Magaziner.
Holdings: the bound book collection consists of 98,000 volumes primarily relating to 19th century social and cultural history, with emphasis on architecture building technology, interior design, and travel/exploration/internal improvements. The primary focus is North American architecture prior to 1950.
Institution organizes exhibitions. Exhibitions travel. Exhibition information may be viewed online at the Athenaeum's website.
Catalogs and other publications. Athenaeum publications may be browsed and purchased on their website.
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