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HC Festival Anniversary Tour: Girard College–SOLD OUT

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Photo by: Joseph E.B . Elliott

$10 Hidden City members (become a member here)


Ten years ago the Hidden City Festival brought site-specific contemporary art and performance work to nine remarkable yet often overlooked historic sites throughout Philadelphia. Founder’s Hall at Girard College, designed by architect Thomas Ustick Walter, stood out as one of the most visually striking locations. For the festival, Los Angeles-based artist Steve Roden installed his piece nothing but what is therein contained in the long-shuttered third floor, which hadn’t seen regular use for the better part of 100 years. We’ll return to take a look at the third floor’s vaulted ceilings and oculus skylights with Girard College’s Director of Historical Resources, Kathy Haas. She’ll give us the run-down on the tug-of-war between Walter’s design and Stephen Girard’s will, which contained extraordinarily specific instructions down to the height of the stair risers. And she’ll also talk about a far more pernicious aspect of Girard’s will allowing only “white male orphans” to attend the school, a provision successfully challenged in the 1960s by civil rights activists led by Cecil B. Moore. If you missed visiting Founder’s Hall during the Hidden City Festival–or even if you didn’t–this is a chance to see and learn about one of Philadelphia’s truly special places!

Questions, concerns, conundrums? Contact Pete Woodall (267) 259-7112.


October 20
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Girard College
2101 S College Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121 United States


Pete Woodall