The Relic project represents architecture symbolic of a different era in American history. Long ago these buildings represented cities and urban planners celebrating their economic and social prosperity. Today many of these places go largely unnoticed waiting to be retrofitted or simply torn down. Through the demolition of the Philadelphia Civic Center, I found a connection to these old places, wondering about them, in various stages of demolition, disrepair, or redevelopment. Over time I have found that each place has its unique character. These photographs serve as portraits of the building’s inner structure and social context. The light, details, and traces of life create clues of a better time when these places stood in their glory.   

The Relic project represents architecture symbolic of a different era in American history. Long ago these buildings represented cities and urban planners celebrating their economic and social prosperity. Today many of these places go largely unnoticed waiting to be retrofitted or simply torn down. Through the demolition of the Philadelphia Civic Center, I found a connection to these old places, wondering about them, in various stages of demolition, disrepair, or redevelopment. Over time I have found that each place has its unique character. These photographs serve as portraits of the building’s inner structure and social context. The light, details, and traces of life create clues of a better time when these places stood in their glory.

 

 Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Civic Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Divine Lorraine Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Board of Education Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

 Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

 Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

 Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

 Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

 Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

 Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

 Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania 

Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania