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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Though many of his significant architectural masterpieces were demolished in the 20th century when his bold style fell out of fashion, Frank Furness has gained renewed interest and appreciation in recent decades. Prolific in his day, Furness designed more than 600 buildings; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, and the Girard Trust Company Building are among those surviving. Furness put his architectural career on hold when the Civil War broke out; his heroism in battle earned him the Medal of Honor. Upon his passing on June 27, 1912, Furness was buried with his family at Laurel Hill Cemetery. As part of citywide commemorations throughout the city in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of his passing, Laurel Hill will be offering a retrospective tour on his life and work. Also included will be other members of the Furness family who played important roles in Philadelphia’s cultural life throughout the 19th century, such as divisive abolitionist family patriarch William Henry, and renowned Shakespearean scholar Horace. The program will culminate with a brief ceremony at the Furness graveside, followed by refreshments.
The progam will be led by Dr. Michael Brooks, author of John Ruskin and Victorian Architecture, and Subway City. Dr. Brooks has been leading tours of Laurel Hill for over 20 years. It will take place on Sunday June 24 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132, and concluding with a toast to Frank Furness, accompanied by refreshments. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
While admission to the program is FREE, advance registration is requested. RSVP by calling (215) 228-8200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurel Hill Cemetery is the first cemetery in the United States to be honored as a National Historic Landmark, and is among Philadelphia’s most unique cultural destinations. Open daily with free admission for self-guided exploration and recreation, the site also offers diverse tours and programs for all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
Laurel Hill Cemetery3822 Ridge AvenuePhiladelphia PA 19132
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