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Current Exhibition

Professor Cret’s Parkway: One Architect’s Legacy on Philadelphia’s Grandest Thoroughfare

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945).  Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia’s City Beautiful Movement.  This exhibition, features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt).  These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret’s lasting influence on Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the Athenaeum exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret’s design for this Parkway institution.

Exhibition Dates: April 30-August 31, 2018

Free Admission



Gallery talks with Gladys Brooks Curator of Architecture, Bruce Laverty

July 11,  12:00-1:00PM

August 8, 5:30-6:30PM  The August 8th Gallery Talk has reached maximum attendance.

Athenaeum Members Free, RSVP to 215-925-2688 or

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Non-Member Registration 2018-07-11


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