Monumental! City Hall Symposium

September 30, 2011 | by Lauren Drapala

PennDesign will host Monumental! Symposium on the History and Restoration of Philadelphia City Hall, from November 4-6, 2011.

This three-day symposium will look at the history of the City Hall building campaign and at the extensive efforts to rehabilitate and restore the exterior marble and granite facades, its windows, roofs, and extensive iron work, as well as the conservation work of its marble and bronze sculptures. Scheduled events will include a welcome address from Mayor Nutter, keynote speech by Professor Michael Lewis of Williams College, a full day of preservation specialists involved in the project and special guided tours of the building.

For more information, visit University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation website.


About the Author

Lauren Drapala Lauren Drapala works as an architectural conservator at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2008 to earn her Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, she has been mesmerized by the wealth of architectural resources throughout the city and its surrounding districts. Continuing the research she began in her graduate work, Lauren is currently authoring a book about the 20th century interiors and decorative screens of Robert Winthrop Chanler. Learn more about this project at

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