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Countdown: The Refreshed Ben Franklin Museum Opens in Two Days

Photo: GPTMC

Photo: GPTMC

Today was the sneak preview of the new Ben Franklin Museum, which has been totally and completely refashioned. Built in 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration, the museum was showing its age, to say the least. A sprucing up of the site where Franklin once lived was long overdue—especially given that it is the only museum dedicated to the inventor/philosopher/inspirer-of-impersonators in the world.

The museum has an underground and an aboveground component. The latter is the renowned Ghost House built by the Venturis to suggest, architecturally, the space where Ben Franklin’s actual house stood until it was demolished in 1812. The Ghost House has not been changed other than to be cleaned so its white lines gleam again.

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Petition: Denise Scott Brown Was More Than Just Robert Venturi’s Wife

Denise Scott Brown

The Strip seen from the desert, with Denise Scott Brown in the foreground, 1966. Photograph: Robert Venturi © Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc., Philadelphia.

The renowned Philadelphia-based architecture firm Venturi Scott Brown Associates has always had something of a gender complex. Founded and guided by the married partnership of Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, the firm was often covered in the press and within architecture circles with a primary emphasis on Venturi. In part, this was generational, but some contend it leaves Venturi with the more recognizable legacy–despite the fact that Scott Brown continues to work.

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