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Banner Image: A 1975 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron parked in front of the Athenaeum in 1976.
As many of you will have noticed, the Athenaeum is still actively at work on building repairs, with the hope that much of the most intrusive work may be accomplished before we launch our programs on September
Plaster and paint repair in the Reading Room should be finished this week. Last week saw the restoration of the plaster cornice on the west side, and this week the painters will complete the re-painting of the cornice.
Top: Before and after photos of Reading Room Window. Before photo by Hyman Myers, 2007, after photo by Mike Seneca, 2012.
Before and after photos of damage to plaster cornice in the Members' Reading Room.
Photos by Jim Carroll.
The Athenaeum is pleased to have Stephen W. Howard return to us this summer to reprise his Peterson internship.
Stephen is currently a graduate student of architecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, His duties have included processing of book sale materials, and the inventory of the architectural collection of long-time shareholder, Henry J. Magaziner, who passed away late last year.
Above: Peterson Interns Cole Altmann (L) and Stephen Howard (R). Photo by Jim Carroll.
Like many of us, the Athenaeum occasionally makes purchases on Ebay for its collections. Shown here is our latest find. This image appeared on a carte de visite albumen photo by McAllister & Bro. of Philadelphia. According to architectural historian Michael J. Lewis, this is an 1864 drawing by architect George W. Hewitt (1841-1916) for the chapel and parish building of the St. Clementís Church on 20th Street above Arch. At the time of this project, Hewitt was in the office of the Athenaeumís own architect, John Notman (1810-1866). Lewis believes that this image is the earliest known surviving design by Hewitt. Thanks Mike, for both the lead to the Ebay find, as well as the information concerning it.
Left: "Chapel and Parish Building, St. Clement Church, J. Notman, Architect."
Current Exhibition: "All Aboard! Paul P. Cret's Train Designs" runs through August 24th. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. When you visit the exhibition, fill out a survey to receive a free exhibition poster.
Upcoming Exhibition: "Three Generations of Book Collectors: The Evan Turner Gift at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia" opens on September 7th and runs through November 7th. The Athenaeum will be open until 7:00pm on September 7th for First Friday and the opening of this rare book exhibition. Remarks will be made by the curators at 5:30pm.
First and Third Saturdays: 11:00am-3:00pm (excluding July and August)
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