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Architect Frank Furness
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Location Philadelphia , Pennsylvania   map
Date 1871 to 1876   timeline
Building Type art school
 Construction System masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Eclectic style
Notes Polychromatic masonry.




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Address:Broad and Cherry streetsPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania 19102USA 215-972-7600

"The competition to replace the 1846 building by Richard A. Gilpin was announced on 20 June 1871. When it closed on 1 November, entries had been submitted by Henry A. Sims, Addison Hutton, Thomas Richards, and Furness & Hewitt...The cornerstone was laid in December 1872, and the building was dedicated in April 1876. The Academy also contains furniture, including a lectern and bookcases, from the designs of the office. In 1973 the building underwent an extensive restoration under the direction of Hyman Myers of Day and Zimmerman Architects, returning its public spaces and galleries to their original brilliance."

— George E. Thomas, Michael J. Lewis and Jeffrey A. Cohen. Frank Furness, The Complete Works. p161.

Sources on Pennsylvania Academy of Art

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. double center diagram, p200. — Updated edition available at

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1841.023

James F. O'Gorman. The Architecture of Frank Furness. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973. LC 73-77307. NA737.F85O34. interior photo of stairhall, fig 3-9, p85.

George E. Thomas, Michael J. Lewis and Jeffrey A. Cohen. Frank Furness, The Complete Works. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1991. ISBN 1-878271-04-0. NA 737.F84A4 1991. details, p161.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Pennsylvania Academy of Art


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