Father Divine: astute businessman, civil rights pioneer, self-proclaimed manifestation of God on earth and brilliant…historic preservationist?
Join us as we explore Father Divine’s architectural legacy in Philadelphia.
$5 for Hidden City and AIA Philadelphia members, $10 for non-members.
Beer and wine to start, then a conversation with Leonard Norman Primiano, Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Cabrini College, and Robert P. Thomas, AIA, founding partner, Campbell Thomas & Co Architects and moderated by Hidden City founder Thaddeus Squire.
Believing heaven is the life we create for ourselves on earth, Father Divine restored a series of Victorian mansions in Philadelphia during the 1950s. Following his death in 1965, the Peace Mission Movement carried on his vision of architectural stewardship, taking meticulous care of its properties, most famously the Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad and Fairmount Sts.
Dr. Primiano has studied the Peace Mission movement for more than two decades and was the first scholar to investigate Father Divine’s approach to architecture and preservation. Thomas’s firm created the Master Plan for the group’s Woodmont estate in Gladwyne.This event is the first in the Impossible Places, Creative Responses series of conversations hosted by Hidden City and AIA Philadelphia. The series was made possible through the generous support of Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment and Joseph Kitchen Photography.
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