Cret Illustrated: Revisiting a Philadelphia Icon in Sketches

November 17, 2017 5:30 pm

The Woodlands

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20+ architectural illustrations of Paul P. Cret’s Philadelphia, by artist Ben Leech, on view in the Hamilton Mansion at The Woodlands Ink, pencil and watercolor on paper

Opening Reception, November 17th, 5:30-8:00PM

About the artist: Ben Leech studied religion (Reed College, B.A., 1999) and historic preservation (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.S., 2006) before moving to Pennsylvania in 2007. From 2010 to 2015, he was advocacy director for the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. He has taught architectural history, archival research, and building documentation at the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin & Marshall College, Temple University, and Philadelphia University. In 2017, he founded Archivolt Press and published 36 Views of Philadelphia, a postcard book of his sketches. He maintains an unproven theory that old buildings vibrate at frequencies invisible to the naked eye, which can only be captured by the act of drawing. This is his first solo exhibition.

Open Viewing Hours for Cret Illustrated:

November 18, 2017: Noon – 4:00pm November 25, 2017: Noon – 4:00pm December 2, 2017: Noon – 4:00pm December 9, 2017: Noon – 4:00pm December 16, 2017: Noon – 4:00pm December 23, 2017: CLOSED December 30, 2017: Noon – 4:00pm January 6, 2018: Noon – 4:00pm January 13, 2018: Noon – 4:00pm

If you are interested in visiting the exhibit during business hours please contact The Woodlands at


4000 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

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