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Girard College Founder’s Hall Tour

  • Girard College Founder’s Hall 2101 South College Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19121 United States (map)

Founder’s Hall at Girard College was built from 1833-1847 to serve as Girard College’s first classroom building and is often considered the finest example of Greek revival architecture in the United States and designated a National Historic Landmark.  Thomas U. Walter, architect of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C., was the architect for the building.

It has three main floors, each measuring 14,000 square feet.  The plan for each floor, according to Stephen Girard's specifications, consists of a 100-by-20-foot front hall, four 50 ft. square rooms with 25 ft. ceilings arranged two-by-two, and a back hall that is the same size as the front hall. The scale of the spaces was impressively large when the building first opened.

A member of the buildings' programming and facilities departments will guide us through the building explaining the preservation efforts made to maintain the building as well as its future.  This will include upcoming projects as well as funding possibilities to make the projects happen.

Note:  There is no accessible entry into building.  All participants must be able to walk up 15 steps into building.

Parking:  Onsite parking available.  Must check in at guard house

AIA credits: 1 LU

The tour is free for all APT-DVC members and $7 for non-members. Registration is required for all attendees.