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Department of Architecture Presents: The Fairmount Water Works

May 5, 2006

Hollenberg Grusheski

  • A Lecture with David Hollenberg, AIA & Ed Grusheski
  • Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 7:00 PM

Stein Auditorium, 111 Nesbitt Hall, 33rd and Market Sts.

As part of ARCC/EAAE 2006, International Conference on Architectural Research hosted by Temple University, the Department of Architecture will sponsor a public lecture on the Fairmount Water Works, its history, preservation and adaptive reuse. Arguably the most significant building complex of 19th century Philadelphia, the Fairmount Water Works provided to this city the first system of domestic water service since ancient Rome as a municipal responsibility. The engineering innovations and the architectural expression of this complex attracted 19th century tourists from all over the world. The history of water supply to the city of Philadelphia, the use, and reuse of these structures, and the role of ecology in urban planning places this story at the center of 19th and 20th century urban history.

David Hollenberg, AIA, recently appointed the University Architect of the University of Pennsylvania, has been an active participant in the preservation of Philadelphia landmarks. He has worked for the National Park Service, and previously at John Milner Architects. In this later capacity he was involved with the first efforts to restore and reuse the Water Works. Ed Grusheski serves as General Manager, Public Affairs, for the City of Philadelphia Water Department. He began his career in the Water Department in 1988 as the Director and developer of the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center where he continues to bring the Water Works, and the story of water in Philadelphia to life for tourists, school children and professionals alike.

** This Lecture is worth 1 AIA /CES Learning Unit.