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Forgotten Philadelphia: Art and Writing Inspired by Philadelphia Heritage Sites

January 14, 2013


Based on the art exhibit “Forgotten Philadelphia,” this new title from PS Books combines art inspired by specific heritage sites with poems and short fiction that speculate on the stories behind these hidden treasures. Heritage sites include:

  • The Divine Lorraine Hotel: Designed by architect Willis G. Hale and built between 1892 and 1894, the Divine Lorraine originally functioned as luxury apartments housing the city’s nouveau-riche residents. In 1948, the Lorraine was sold to Father Divine, becoming the first hotel in Philadelphia to be racially integrated.
  • Dox Thrash House: Dox Thrash was an innovative printmaker and a key figure in Philadelphia’s vibrant African American art scene in the early and mid twentieth century. The house where he lived at 2340 Cecil B. Moore from 1945 until his death in 1965 stands vacant and is prone to the elements and vandalism.
  • Hale House: This block of houses on the west side of North 17th Street were built for wealthy residents in 1886 by architect William G. Hale who also designed and built the Lorraine Hotel among other lavish homes and mansions throughout Philadelphia. Some of these buildings are in disrepair while others have been restored.
  • Tyler School of Art: Founded in the early 1930’s when Stella Elkins Tyler (of the Elkins/Widener family) donated her estate to Temple University, Tyler School of Art moved from its original location in 2009, leaving the Tyler estate empty and its future uncertain.

To order your copy of this hardback edition book ($30), please email

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