Hidden City Festival Anniversary Tour: Girard College--SOLD OUT

  • October 20, 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Girard College
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Ten years ago the Hidden City Festival brought site-specific contemporary art and performance work to nine remarkable yet often overlooked historic sites throughout Philadelphia. Founder's Hall at Girard College, designed by architect Thomas Ustick Walter, stood out as one of the most visually striking locations. For the festival, Los Angeles-based artist Steve Roden installed his piece nothing but what is therein contained in the long-shuttered third floor, which hadn't seen regular use for the better part of 100 years. We'll return to take a look at the third floor's vaulted ceilings and oculus skylights with Girard College's Director of Historical Resources, Kathy Haas. She'll give us the run-down on the tug-of-war between Walter's design and Stephen Girard's will, which contained extraordinarily specific instructions down to the height of the stair risers. And she'll also talk about a far more pernicious aspect of Girard's will allowing only "white male orphans" to attend the school, a provision successfully challenged in the 1960s by civil rights activists led by Cecil B. Moore. Founder's Hall is one of Philadelphia's truly special places--don't miss this chance to see it for yourself!

Questions, concerns, conundrums? Contact Pete Woodall (267) 259-7112.


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