Thursday, April 26, 2018

Evening with an Expert

Deconstructing the Wagner

An Architectural Tour with Dr. Michael J. Lewis

Tour starts promptly at 6:00

Doors open at 5:30 for a wine and cheese reception

Photograph by Joseph Elliott for the Historic American Buildings Survey.

We'll cap off the first year of our Evening with an Expert series with an extended, behind-the-scenes tour of the Wagner's historic building led by architectural historian Michael Lewis.

On April 26, you can experience our Civil War-era building - now a National Historic Landmark - in the company of a preeminent art historian. Dr. Michael Lewis will guide a small group of participants through the lecture hall, reference library, and museum space pointing out architectural details and situating the building in its historical context. There will be an opportunity to go to the top gallery of the museum - normally closed to visitors - to see the Wagner's patented roof trusses. You will learn about the evolution of the building, the architects who designed it, and the story behind its innovative roof system. And you can enjoy wine and cheese as you listen.

Deconstructing the Wagner: An Architectural Tour with Michael Lewis

Thursday, April 26

Wine and cheese reception at 5:30 PM.

Tour at 6:00 PM.

Tour is limited to 25 participants.

Cost: $40; $25 for members*

(Become a member here)

This program is sold out.

Call Alison Hansen-Decelles at 215-763-6529 x11 to purchase tickets

over the phone.

Our Evening with an Expert series highlights the original purpose of the Wagner museum—to stand as a complement to the lectures and courses, so that students could explore scientific principles by examining real specimens in the presence of a guide or professor. Our Evening with an Expert series brings in local scholars to guide small groups of people through specific areas of our collection. Now, just as in the 1890s, you can explore the collections in the company of an expert.  

About the Expert: Michael J. Lewis is the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art at Williams College, where he teaches American art and architecture. He is the author of numerous books, including Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind and American Art and Architecture. A scholar of Philadelphia architecture, Lewis has published on City Hall, the Academy of Music, and the works of Louis I. Kahn.


*Refund policy: If you cancel up until a week before the event, you will be refunded tour price minus a $5.00 processing fee. The week before the event, no refunds will be issued for cancellations.








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