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Mondays, April 9 – April 30, 6 – 8pm

Modern Municipal Progress: Jacques Gréber Parkway Plan (Eastern Section), 1919. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$200; members $180

4 classes

About the Class

Early-20th-century proponents of the “City Beautiful” envisioned that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, enlivened by cultural institutions lining its route, would modernize Philadelphia by opening a link to Fairmount, the scenic Schuylkill, and the city’s expanding public park system. In this course, we will explore the history of the city before, during, and after construction of the Parkway and why that optimistic vision was not fully realized.

Capacity: 40 students


Elizabeth Milroy

Milroy is a professor of art and art history at Drexel University and the author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Spaces, 1682–1876, winner of the 2017 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for significant contribution to the study and understanding of landscape studies.

This program is part of Parkway 100, the celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial.