Guild House

Guild House building, 1967. Image provided by Temple University Urban Archives

711 Spring Garden Street

Completed in 1964, this is one of the earliest works of renowned Philadelphia architect Robert Venturi. Love it or hate it, Guild House is a defining example of 20th-century post-modern architecture precisely because of its use of ordinary materials, familiar forms, and minimal decorative elements. Today the building is managed by the Friends Neighborhood Guild as a community-based, independent-living housing facility for the elderly. Although only 40 years old at the time, Guild House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2004 as part of a movement to designate architecturally significant buildings of the "recent past."

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