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Building Monuments, Monumentalizing Buildings

May 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Organizer: Penn Museum

Where: Virtual


What makes a building a monument? Some of the buildings that hold the most meaning for us, including Independence Hall, were not built to be monuments. What monumentalized them? And some of the most ambitious programs to build monuments, like Philadelphia’s City Hall, notably failed to capture contemporary attention. What went wrong? History offers important lessons for us today, as we strive to create monuments that reflect our values and aspirations.


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