Nostalgia For “Atomic Age Ambition”

 

“A view of the Pennsylvania State Museum and Archives Complex, built in 1964 by architects Ritchie Lawrie & M. Edwin Green, appears in the ‘PA Modern’ exhibition.” | Photo: Steve Bootay

“A view of the Pennsylvania State Museum and Archives Complex, built in 1964 by architects Ritchie Lawrie & M. Edwin Green, appears in the ‘PA Modern’ exhibition.” | Photo: Steve Bootay

  • NewsWorks’ Alan Jaffe considers the rebounding reputation and appreciation for Pennsylvania’s share of Midcentury Moderns. At the State Museum in Harrisburg, a photo exhibition of “Pennsylvania Modern”—running through April 24—showcases such “expressions of Atomic Age ambition” to be had across the Keystone State, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater in Fayette County and Louis  I. Kahn’s Carver Court in Coatesville, Chester County. Hidden City Daily editors Peter Woodall and Brad Maule each have photos in the exhibition, as do contributors Ben Leech, Matthew Christopher, and Laura Kicey. According to exhibit curator Beth Hager, while it is the usual generational vicissitudes of architectural appreciation that explain much of the preservation refocus as of late, it is the style’s simplicity and straightforwardness that will serve it best within the Millennial historic housing market.
  • The few blocks of South Camac Street (between Walnut and Locust) will have their historic wooden pavers replaced this spring, the Street Department tells CBS Philly. Paved over last year with asphalt, Camac had to wait for the City to find and purchase the antiquated material. The last full replacement of the pavers was in 2008, with some patchwork undertaken in 2012.
  • Inga Saffron introduces her readers to Anne Fadullon, just tapped by Jim Kenney to head the newly constituted Department of Planning and Development. Fadullon, with a diverse resume in the private and public spheres, has proven an agreeable enough appointee to Old and New Philadelphians alike. Touting a street-level development perspective, she sees no reason why sufficient growth and affordable housing cannot be realized through consistently good design practices.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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