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Ann de Forest

Ann de Forest has written frequently about design, architecture, and the built environment for the Philadelphia Inquirer, ID Magazine, and Attaché, among other publications. Her short stories have been published in Cleaver, The Journal, Hotel Amerika, Timber Creek Review, and PIF. She teaches creative writing to kids ages 8-13 and adults over 70 and is writing a time travel trilogy for middle grade readers involving old maps.

Eero Saarinen’s Hill College House Fortified With $80M In Renovations

Eero Saarinen’s Hill College House Fortified With $80M In Renovations

August 29, 2017  |  News

Ann de Forest takes us inside Hill College House, a Mid-Century take on Medieval fortification designed by Modernist master architect Eero Saarinen. The dormitory at Penn recently reopened after $80M in engineering upgrades and interior renovations > more

Gardeners Bring Cradle Graves Back From The Dead

Gardeners Bring Cradle Graves Back From The Dead

August 3, 2017  |  Vantage

At Woodlands Cemetery, an army of volunteers preserve the memory of Victorian city dwellers with the Grave Gardeners program. Contributor Ann de Forest has the story > more

Ode To Old Philadelphia

Ode To Old Philadelphia

March 10, 2017  |  Buzz

Inspired by photographs from Hidden City's 2016 calendar, aging Philadelphians share their thoughts and memories of the city through poetry. Ann de Forest has the backstory > more

Shaping A New Urban Crossroads At 33rd And Chestnut

Shaping A New Urban Crossroads At 33rd And Chestnut

January 18, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Ann de Forest stands at the confluence of Penn and Drexel's campuses where a once listless intersection is being redefined with energy, connectivity, and strategic design > more

Come Take A Tour Of Our Sanctuary City

Come Take A Tour Of Our Sanctuary City

December 14, 2016  |  Soapbox

With conflict over Philadelphia's Sanctuary City status heightening, contributor Ann de Forest offers a tour highlighting Philadelphia's heritage as a refuge and a crucible of freedom of religion > more