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The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

219 S. 6th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

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The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is a special collections library and museum focusing on the history of American architecture, building technology and interior design, particularly for the period 1800 to 1945. The institution houses architectural archives of 180,000 drawings, over 350,000 photographs, and manuscript holdings of about 1,000 American architects. The building was designed in 1845 by architect John Notman in the Italianate style, and was one of the first buildings in the city to be built of brownstone. The library is open to the public on weekdays. Since 1950 the Athenaeum has sponsored the annual Athenaeum Literary Award for works of fiction and non-fiction.

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