ARTH781 - Topics in 20th Century Architecture: Paul Cret

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Section 301 - SEM
This seminar is devoted to the work of Paul Cret, the designer of some of America's most memorable architecture during the first four decades of the twentieth century. These works include the Folger Library and Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC; the Detroit Institute of Arts; and, in Philadelphia, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Albert Barnes called him America's "best architect," and he was also America's most important teacher of architecture, heading the Beaux-Arts inflected architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania for more than thirty years. During that period, Penn was regularly identified as the best school in the country, it it trained many notable designers, most famously Louis Kahn, who worked for Cret after graduation. The course will explore the vital art environment of Philadelphia during Cret's lifetime, establish the context for his teaching and design work, and examine his own diverse accomplishments. Students will conduct individual research projects in Cret's easily accessible papers, located at the Atheanaeum of Philadelphia and in Penn's Architectural Archives and Rare Books and Manuscript collection.
M 0300PM-0500PM