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Philadelphia Chapter Event: Restoring Philadelphia’s City Hall- An Insider's Look

Monday, October 18, 2021, 2‑3:30pm EDT
Location: Virtual Event via Zoom
Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Contact: Jean Brubaker

Philadelphia’s City Hall, topped by the iconic statue of William Penn looking down at his “holy experiment,” is one of the city’s most familiar sights. It is reported that there are over 250 sculptures and bas-reliefs that were also modeled by Alexander Milne Calder, the grandfather of Alexander (Sandy) Calder, who worked out of a south basement studio space in City Hall. Calder modeled the sculptures in plaster to represent the people and animals of the world, elements, human goals and endeavors, as well as additional themes related to the city of Philadelphia; business, industry and the arts. Our expert presenter, Nan R. Gutterman, has personally inspected (along with a structural engineer and stone conservator) all the pieces, over a period of the nearly 12 years for the restoration and conservation.

You won’t want to miss what promises to be an insider’s look at the history of this beloved building and the stories behind the patriarch of one of the city’s most famous artistic families.

About Our Speaker Nan R. Gutterman

Nan R. Gutterman, FAIA, FAPT is an Associate, Senior Preservation Architect and Project Manager at VITETTA, a local architectural and engineering firm. Ms. Gutterman joined VITETTA in 1988 following a distinguished career that included the restoration of the Main Building at Ellis Island. Ms. Gutterman has extensive international training in the UK and Italy [ICCROM], and is on the forefront of conservation science related to cleaning and repairs of complex exterior building envelopes. The projects include large decorative/sculptural programs such as her extensive and innovative work at Philadelphia City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is currently working on the Main Building at Drexel University and the interior conservation at St Vincent de Paul, in Germantown. Ms. Gutterman was appointed to the Architectural Committee of the Philadelphia Historic Commission in 2009. She also served on the Mayor’s Historic Preservation Task Force. She has given presentations on her work at conferences and on locally, to members of APT/DVC, Preservation Alliance, the Center for Architecture and students at the University of Pennsylvania, preservation program.

Zoom link will be provided in advance.

Material from, 09:03:24 October 26, 2021.
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