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  • Project Status: Unbuilt
  • Building Type: theater, art center
  • Client: Philadelphia Art Alliance


VINE ST near N 18TH ST, and N 19TH ST
Philadelphia, PA

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Not built. Designed to house the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Philadelphia Forum, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Art Club, and the Curtis Institute on a site just east of the Free Library offered by the city without cost. The building was to cost $6,000,000. (White, Theo B. Philadelphia Art Alliance: Fifty Years 1915-1965. p. 54) The exterior design was intended to balance the Free Library, designed by Horace Trumbauer after a pair of buildings designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The site was used instead for the Municipal Court Building (1938-1941), designed by John T. Windrim. Windrim's design for the exterior of the Municipal Court Building bears a close resemblance to Cret's design for the Arts Building, Trumbauer¿s Free Library, and Gabriel's Paris original.

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