Temple Performing Arts Center is a stunner. Ever been? We’re thrilled to be in this inspiring space for TEDxPhilly: The City on Tuesday, November 8. Over 25 speakers and even more performers will take the stage to share with the audience some of the greatest challenges, innovations, concepts and realities that shape and are shaped by cities and their inhabitants.
All photos ©2010 Anne Todd
Located at 1837 North Broad Street on Temple University’s campus, the historic landmark has a long and storied history itself. The building’s first function was as a Baptist Temple, built in 1891, home to Temple University founder Russell Conwell’s congregation. After sitting dormant for 30 years, the building underwent a full renovation in 2010, blending old and new features, repurposing the space into Temple Performing Arts Center, now one of Philadelphia’s finest venues for arts and cultural events.
It’s unique features are endless, from the modern lobby to the grand theater space (Lew Klein Hall), with stained glass windows and high ceilings throughout. The beautiful chapel below ground (The Chapel of Four Chaplains) will be transformed into the TEDxPhilly lounge for the day, offering a simulcast of the talks happening in the theater and a space to relax (red beanbag chairs, anyone?) and check-in with new and old friends.
Temple Performing Arts Center offers an environment that supports the ideas that will hit the stage and the conversations that will continue among our participants and speakers throughout the building as the day unfolds.
Take a tour of the space and learn more about the building’s history and unique architectural features in this video from WHYY Friday Arts (we love that show!).
In addition to talks, TEDxPhilly will feature exhibitors and vendors from the local community who will be sharing their expertise throughout the day.
The TEDxPhilly team is looking forward to November 8! If you haven’t made plans to attend yet, get in on the conversation. See you there!