3260 South Street
|This is the only way to see all of it. Picture by Microsoft.|
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology was the brainchild of Dr. William Pepper. Dr. Pepper (I know, shut up) was the Provost at UPenn in the late 1800's. This motherfucker was trying to put Penn on the map (even more) and adding a shitload of departments and buildings to the University.
He conceived the idea of having a public collection of artifacts that the school already owned. In 1889, he set up a little area in College Hall to show off some shit. When Furness's new University Library was built, a whole section of it became the Museum. By 1892, a commission was formed to figure out how the fuck they would build a kick-ass building for all this cool shit.
Pepper and friends needed it to be cheap, in a good location, but still look awesome enough to respect what was inside. The location was the first to be decided. There was a plot of city-owned land at the corner of South Street and Vintage Avenue (34th Street) that used to be part of the Blockley Almshouse campus. Penn had already started building shit on other parts of the land so it seemed like the right spot, even though much of it was weirdly graded and composed of crappy landfill.
|The land in question as it appeared in 1891.|
Dr. Pepper died in 1898, so he never even got to see the first phase of his dream, which was completed in 1899.
|Penn Museum at Phase .75 in 1907.|
|Dome under confucktion...|
|... and when it was complete. Don't Turn, motherfucker.|
|Coxe wing under confucktion.|
|New Main Entrance plan with big-ass rotunda.|
|...and how it ended up. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu|
After that, the design stayed put for a looooooooooong fucking time. Then in the late 60's, plans for yet another addition came along. At this point, the idea of doing Eyre's kick-ass original design was a pipe dream... this was the time of ugly concrete garbage, not beautiful brick masterpieces.
They went up to the two Great Satans of Philadelphia architecture, Mitchell and Giurgola, and said, "Look, you assholes.... we need a huge five-storey addition that will connect all these old wings. Make sure to make it as ugly as humanly possible, like your other horrific Philadelphia buildings. Just make the exterior part sort-of match the rest so assholes from the future like GroJLart won't complain. Oh, and before you do that, build us a big ugly parking garage to the south so no one can see the museum from Center City.
|Stupid parking garage under confucktion.|
|1971 addition from the front. Fuck you, Mitchell and Giurgola.|
|Exposed concrete on the new inner courtyards. Eyre is shitting himself in his grave.|
In the late 1990's, yet another addition was tacked on. This one is a little bit closer to Eyre's original facade but still stands out like a sore thumb because it has that plasticky look that today's modern architecture tends to have. Compared to the 1971 addition, however, it looks like the fucking Taj Mahal. The Mainwaring Wing, by the firm of Atkins Olshin Lawson-Bell (get a better name, idiots) was completed in 2002.
|At least the brick color matches.|
|Eyre would not approve, but its already way better than anything Mitchell and Fuckface ever did.|
|Eyre's original 9-acre complex.|
|How it ended up.|