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Banner Image: Office of the Catholic Historical Society in the third floor west room of the Athenaeum, c.1889-1895.

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Banner Image: Office of the Catholic Historical Society in the third floor west room of the Athenaeum, c.1889-1895.

Save the Date- Busch Room Renovation Cocktail Party

Many of you are curious about the progress made in the Busch Room repair and restoration.  Work continues, but we are happy to announce that the window repairs are finished, the re-painting is almost done, and work has begun on the floor repair.  Frank Welsh's new paint analysis did not reveal earth-shaking changes, but you will note that the mantels are now a darker brown and new horizontal bands of white have been added to the lower cornice, enlivening the solid gray.  We expect the room to be finished for the April 8th Annual Meeting, but paintings and sculpture will not yet be in place.  By May 1st, however, we plan to roll out the room with a celebration of its restoration.  Paintings, sculpture, and furniture (including a suite designed by Paul P. Cret) will be in place for the party.  

Save the Date:  May 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

A special invitation will be sent to Athenaeum Members, but if you want to register early, click the link below.  All are welcome.

Busch Room Restoration Cocktail Party Registration


Annual Alvin Holm Lecture- Gil Schafer, The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now

The Great American House demonstrates how to blend classical architecture, interior decoration, and landscape to create homes with a feeling of history. This book covers the three essential cornerstones of creating a great traditional house: architecture, landscape, and decoration. Filled with hundreds of interior and detail shots, The Great American House becomes an invaluable resource for anyone who loves old houses and traditional design. Gil Schafer is an award-winning architect consistently recognized as one of the world’s experts on contemporary classical architecture. From 1999 to 2006, Schafer served as president and then chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. His work has been featured in many publications, including Elle Decor and The New York Times. Reception and book signing to follow.

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:00PM

Co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Free for Athenaeum and ICA&A Members. RSVP to Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or  All others $10. Online Payment

This event offers 1 AIA/CES LU.

Lecture and Book Signing- Leonard F. Tantillo, “The Rise and Fall of Fort Casimir: Picturing the Colonial Conflict to Control the Delaware River”

Focusing on the unusual and sometimes hostile relationship between New Netherland and New Sweden in the mid 17th century as they vied for control of the Delaware River region, this lecture is based upon Len Tantillo’s recent book The Edge of New Netherland. Len Tantillo is a fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists. Tantillo’s work has appeared in national exhibitions, books, periodicals, and television documentaries in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. In 2004 Tantillo was the subject of a documentary produced for Public Television entitled, “Hudson River Journeys,” and in 2008 he was awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence from the Holland Society of New York. Reception and book signing to follow.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6:00PM

Free for Athenaeum Members. Members may bring a prospective member to this event for free. RSVP to Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or  All others $10. Online Payment

Member News

We congratulate Athenaeum members Nan R. Gutterman, FAPT, Senior Preservation Architect at VITETTA, and John P. Claypool, Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia. They are the two members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA accorded Fellowship status for 2013, an honor awarded to members who have made nationally significant contributions to the profession.  Nan Gutterman is also the only representative from the United States accepted for the 18th International Course in Stone Conservation, in Rome, sponsored by ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute. 


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