VAF Philadelphia 2019 Conference
Wednesday, May 29th- Opening Reception & Awards
All Wednesday evening events will be held at Meyerson Hall, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Board Meeting, Architectural Archive, University of Pennsylvania.
12:30 - 6:00 pm Registration, Homewood Suites Conference Hotel, 4109 Walnut Street.
4:30 - 5:30 pm Opening Reception, Meyerson Hall, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. South 34th Street.
5:30 - 7:00 pm Welcome: Aaron Wunsch
Keynote: Kenneth Finkel, Professor of History, Temple University
Presentation of VAF Awards
7:00 pm Dinner on your own
Thursday, May 30thPeriphery Tours (by bus)
Includes Lunch and Evening Reception.
Departure times from Homewood Suites will be between 7:45 and 8:30 am.
Registrants will be notified of departure time at registration (buses will be staggered from 8-9 am).
7:00 – 9:30 am Registration, Homewood Suites Conference Hotel, 4109 Walnut Street.
8:00 am – 5:30 pm Germantown Tour
8:00 am – 5:30 pm Darby Tour
8:00 am – 5:30 pm Tacony Tour
6:30 – 8:30 pm The Woodlands Tour and Reception (included in tour price)
*Weather-permitting: Dutch Treat Food Truck Picnic – Conference participants who wish to stay and picnic at the Woodlands may do so after the tour. Several local, high-quality food trucks will be on grounds to offer a variety of options. Those not wishing to picnic may dine on their own after the tour.
Friday, May 31st - Center City Walking Tours (self-guided)
All meals on your own.
8:00 – 10:00 pm Registration, Homewood Suites Conference Hotel, 4109 Walnut Street.
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Morning Self-Guided Walking Tour: Town House & Row House
1:00 – 5:00 pm Afternoon Self-Guided Walking Tours:
5:00 pm Dinner on your own
- African American Sites in the Seventh Ward
- Society Hill Urban Renewal
- Colonial Townhouses in Elfreth’s Alley
- Nineteenth-century Commercial Architecture of Arch Street
Saturday, June 1st - Paper Sessions, Book Exhibits, and Banquet
All Saturday events will be held in Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania.
7:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration, Houston Hall
7:30 am – 5:00 pm Book Exhibits
8:00 – 9:30 am Paper Session I
10:00 – 11:30 am Paper Session II
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch Roundtable (bring your own lunch) OR Lunch on your own
1:00 – 2:30 pm Paper Session III
3:00 – 4:30 pm Paper Session IV
6:00 – 10:00 pm Annual Meeting & Banquet
Sunday, June 2nd - Post-Conference Tours
Please note: The Sunday Tour is organized by Liz Jarvis and Emily Cooperman, who have a excellent track-records of offering architecturally-focused tours that also address the cultural landscape of the areas covered. A small guide brochure will be provided for the Chestnut Hill tour.
Tour 1: Chestnut Hill: Village to Garden Community to Architectural Excellence
Includes guide brochure, lunch and transportation.
Organized by Liz Jarvis and Emily Cooperman
Tour Capped at 35
9:00 am – 4:30 pm Chestnut Hill
Description: Chestnut Hill is most recognized and visited by those interested in the built environment as the location of Robert Venturi's seminal house for his mother Vanna. What is less known is that this house both exists in and responds to an area of Philadelphia that had developed its own distinctive patterns of scale, materials, and organization that originated in the late seventeenth century, succeeded by initial community development in the eighteenth century as a gateway and crossroads. These patterns were then followed by two important periods of nineteenth-century development which introduced the work of the city's architects and earliest planners, taking advantage of two new railroad lines, one created at mid-century and the other in the 1880s, to establish a summer resort and commuter suburb that mixed larger, free-standing houses with smaller double and row residences. In the early twentieth century, the work of the city's best architects and planners added to this already remarkable ensemble of mixture of scales woven together by common landscape elements. The area has continued to attract a high quality of new design to the present.
This tour will combine travel by bus to gain an understanding of some of the larger patterns and notable houses in Chestnut Hill such as Wison Eyre's Anglecot, with visits to a group of individual houses, including the Vanna Venturi house and Louis Kahn's Margaret Esherick House, and representative examples from the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, including the work of Samuel Sloan, G. W. and W. D. Hewitt, and Robert R. McGoodwin. A catered lunch will be provided in one of these houses.
Register here on the alacarte registration form.