Second Annual Frank Furness Birthday Party at Historic Castle Ringstettenn
When:November 10, 5 PM-9 PM
Cost: $40 general, $30 members
Number of slots: Maximum 80 people
Where: Undine Barge Club/Castle Ringstetten (see below for details)
Further Information: Contact Lee Tusman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 267-428-1661
Join us for our second annual birthday salute to “Fearless Frank” Furness at historic Castle Ringstetten, the up-river retreat of the Undine Barge Club. We’ll tour Undine at 5 PM before the party starts. Located at 13 Boathouse Row on Kelly Drive, Undine is a memorabilia-filled gem that boasts what must be the most remarkable locker room–yes locker room–in America. We are pleased to offer extraordinary access to these remarkable buildings, both of which were designed by Furness.
Festivities will commence at the Castle at 6 PM. We’ll have plenty to drink, plus hors d’oeuvres and, of course, a birthday cake. By car, use the Castle’s driveway on Kelly Drive–there is parking in the back. For google map purposes, the more accurate address is 4442 Kelly Drive.
The acclaimed Philadelphia architect Frank Heyling Furness (1839–1912) designed more than 600 buildings, most in the Philadelphia area, and is remembered for his eclectic, muscular, and eccentric buildings, and for his influence on other noted American architects, such as Louis Sullivan, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venturi.
Furness was a gritty, pioneering personality, famous for his gun-toting romance with the Wild West, taste for taxidermy, and testosterone-laden yet elegant design. In addition to his accolades as an architect, he was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Civil War. Know as a character equal in eccentricity to his designs, he was said to fire his pistol from time to time into a stuffed moose head that hung above his desk in order motivate slacking employees in his architecture office.
Much of his work has been unfortunately lost to demolition, such as the former Broad Street Station, pictured here. In addition to the well known Fisher Fine Arts Library at University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, there are precious few buildings left.
This is a rare opportunity to explore two of Furness’s lesser known, but remarkable spaces.
This event has been made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Erdy McHenry Architecture