Modernism in Lower Merion: Documenting and Preserving a New Generation of Main Line Landmarks
Building Philadelphia 2021 Spring Speaker Series


Watch ONLINE via ZOOM from the safety and comfort of your home. 

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

"Modernism in Lower Merion: Documenting and Preserving a New Generation of Main Line Landmarks"

presented by Greg Prichard, an architectural historian, planner, and designer specializing in the Philadelphia Main Line suburbs. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s Historic Preservation Planning graduate program and currently serves as the Historic Preservation Planner for Lower Merion Township. He is a member of the Willistown Township Historical Commission, the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance Steering Committee, and the Boards of Directors of the Radnor Historical Society and the Society of Architectural Historians, Philadelphia Chapter. He is currently writing a comprehensive history of the Pennsylvania Railroad stations of the Main Line between Overbrook and Paoli.

In the mid-20th century, Lower Merion Township – the Main Line community closest to the northwest edge of Philadelphia – became a bastion of modernism. It was a place where cutting edge architects experimented with new forms and where some even made homes for themselves. Using the extensive records of the Township of Lower Merion, Greg Prichard will explore the roots of modernism in the community from the Art Deco roots of the era to the Expressway-fueled success of Bala Cynwyd’s “Golden Mile,” and speak to how the Township is working to preserve these new landmarks in one of the region’s oldest communities. 


$15 | General Admission

$12 | Alliance Member 

Free | Students*

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