Mid-century Modern Houses of School House Lane in their Context
Building Philadelphia 2021 Spring Speaker Series


Watch ONLINE via ZOOM from the safety and comfort of your home. A link with instructions will be provided one hour prior to this virtual lecture. 

This lecture will be recorded and a replay will be available to registered participants.

"Mid-century Modern Houses of School House Lane in their Context"

presented by Dr. David Breiner, Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Thomas Jefferson University’s East Falls campus. On the faculty of the Architecture Program, he teaches courses in American and vernacular architecture as well as in archival research. Begun as a Getty Trust project, his current research is on the architectural and social history of School House Lane. Dr. Breiner has published articles on topics in Italian and American architecture and on the pedagogy of teaching architectural history. He is the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Before coming to Philadelphia, he was an architectural historian for the Landmarks Preservation Commission in New York City and earned his Ph.D. in Architectural History and Urbanism at Cornell University.

During the 20th century, some country estates of previously remote School House Lane were subdivided for suburban development. As new neighbors, many prominent citizens commissioned houses from talented local architects, who were influenced by Cret, Howe, Kahn, Stonorov, and other local masters. Based primarily on archival research and interviews with current owners, this talk provides an overview of the distinctive enclave of nearly three dozen Modern residences, which remain largely secluded along the edge of Fairmount Park.


$15 | General Admission

$12 | Alliance Member 

Free | Students*

If you have been affected by the pandemic and would like to attend these virtual lectures but cannot afford to do so, please email Vinni Cheng vcheng@preservationalliance.com for complimentary access.

*For students, please email photo of valid student ID to Vinni Cheng vcheng@preservationalliance.com to register.

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