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A Walk in the Park

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Hidden City: Girard College Founders Hall

- serlingrod - Sunday, June 14th, 2009 : goo

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Hidden City Philadelphia is going all through the month of June, allowing access to some great hidden treasures in the city, including historic tours, art installations, and performances. The first stop for me was Founders Hall at Girard College. These photos are from the rarely seen Archives, as well as some of the empty classrooms which were abandoned because the acoustics were deafening.

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So says Wikipedia - "Girard College is a private philanthropic boarding school on a 43 acre (170,000 m2) campus in , in the United States. The school is for academically capable students, grades 1 through 12, and grants full scholarships to eligible students from families with limited financial resources, headed by a single parent or guardian."

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CartLegger: 15th Jun 2009 - 01:46 GMT

your "man hole door" photo is missing a humourous reference...

Peter: 15th Jun 2009 - 13:39 GMT

awesome! i wanna go here!

noself: 24th Mar 2010 - 06:54 GMT

wow is that the interior of founders hall now? I was there in 1998 for an architecture award reception but i don't remember it being in such a deteriorated state, although the event was held on the first floor with one room as reception space and another room next to it as auditorium/sitting space. i remembered it being very beautiful and i walked up and down the floating marble stair case several times. perhaps the upper floor was never maintain as the first floor. i thought that they had received a preservation grant to restore the building, but obvious nothing had been done.

noself: 24th Mar 2010 - 06:56 GMT

actually, i'm no longer in philly, in chicago now, otherwise i would've like to take another visit there.

JimBram: 13th Jul 2010 - 18:20 GMT

As a graduate of Girard College and a practicing Alumni who visits the school and Founders Hall regularly, I can tell you that the photos above are of the very top floor of Founders Hall that hasn't been used in almost 100 years. The other three floors are in magnificent condition and look like a French palace, and are still in constant use for Dinners, Receptions and events, especially on Founder's Day, when hundreds of people tour the building. The preservation grant was used to replace the extremely large roof and repair areas near it. The building is an almost exact replica of the Parthenon, and would cost hundreds of millions to build today.

anon ( 7th Sep 2011 - 02:52 GMT

Graduated in 1969 and the man hole door is one of the many entrances's to the tunnels that go under center city phila. rumor had it that they went to city hall.

Poptop: 27th Jul 2012 - 14:59 GMT

Man Hole Door = Underground Adventure.

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