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Mitchell/Giurgola Architects

Administration Building   Academy of the New Church

2004.02.13 12:44
Re: of castles, fortifications, etc.
The administration building of the Academy of the New Church is a very early Mitchell/Giurgola building, whose design somewhat reenacts the design of Kahn's unexecuted Goldenberg House, which was to be built on a site just couple miles down from Bryn Athyn.

2006.02.07 12:09
Thesis Semester [blog] 25 years ago
...through Bryn Athyn whose 'center', the Academy of the New Church, is what I call "a little Land of Reenactment"--Mitchell/Giurgola Architects designed the Campus Plan, and the Administration Building and Men's Dormitory in 1962-63.
This past weekend it was my thinking about the position of the Academy of the New Church Administration Building along Huntington Pike, which is the northern extension of Oxford Avenue, that got me to read Fox Chase: 300 Years of History on Sunday night. Saturday morning I was reading some of Christian Norberg-Schulz's "The Genius Loci of Rome" in Architectural Design Profiles 20: Roma Interrotta.

2006.02.08 15:10
Thesis Semester [blog] 25 years ago
Late Sunday afternoon I used my parallel rule and even a compass. The Admnistration Building at the Academy of the New Church is a reenactment of Kahn's Goldenberg House (which was designed for a site in Rydel, Pennsylvania, further south down Huntington Pike). The plan analysis of the Administration Building is still inconclusive, so now it's back to CAD.

There is much symbolic reference to the Apocalypse of the New Testament within Bryn Athyn Cathedral, the New Church or General Church of the New Jerusalem.



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