Originally Posted by PHL10
Furness is my favorite. After an architectural style falls out of vogue, it’s common to be seen as old fashioned and outdated. But it seems to me that institutional/commercial Victorian buildings were the most panned form of architecture in the decades that followed it’s time. I get it in some ways as I feel that the buildings have a severe look to them, if that makes sense. So many of his great works were lost but I had never known that the library was in danger at any point.
Great info and great pics!
Indeed....many Victorian structures all thoughout Center City were (if they were not demolished) severely disfigured on the bottom floors in the name of "modernization". The post WWII era could probably go down as the absolute worst period of time in terms of architecture and planning....