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Conservation of Frank Furness' 1876 Centennial Arch

  • Dates: 27 – 27 Nov, 2012
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Contact: Mary Anne Eves
  • Email:
  • Phone: 610-566-2342
The Society of Architectural Historians Philadelphia Chapter presents an overview of Penn Historic Preservation Program Masters Candidate Brett C. Sturm's plan to conserve and preserve Frank Furness' 1876 centennial arch.

Tuesday, November 27 at 6:00pm.
Upper Gallery of Meyerson Hall
210 S. 34th St.
University of Pennsylvania Campus

Free and open to the public.
Reservations required.

Please email Mary Anne Eves at or phone 610-566-2342.

In the late 19th-century visitors to Fairmount Park or Laurel Hill Cemetery often arrived via steamship along the Schuylkill River. In the 1880s you began your climb up the meandering staircase by entering under an intricately carved sandstone arch. The arch, designed by Frank Furness, was originally a feature of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition along States Avenue to promote Connecticut brownstone as a building material. For decades the arch has been obscured by thick brush along Kelly Drive. Earlier this year, Penn Historic Preservation Program Masters Candidate Brett C. Sturm prepared a masonry conservation plan for the arch. Recently the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust has started to implement that plan. Please join us as Brett presents an overview of his plan to conserve and preserve this important piece of Philadelphia’s past.