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Philadelphia's Fearless Architect 100 Years Later: Remembering Frank Furness

Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia PA 19132
  • Sunday June 24th 2012

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, and the Girard Trust Company Building are among Furness' surviving buildings.

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 27th, 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. This walking tour and program will be led by Dr. Michael Brooks, author of John Ruskin and Victorian Architecture and Subway City. It will conclude with a toast to Frank Furness, accompanied by refreshments.

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