About the database
(sometimes known as the Architectural Wallflowers)
I've been photographing buildings in and around Philadelphia intermittently for many years. This database includes more than 300 such structures from the 1930s to the early 1970s.
I don't feel obligated to photograph well-known buildings. The most intriguing ones—specifically, the un-pedigreed and overlooked buildings constructed in the middle of the 20th century—have never been recognized, researched, identified, or documented. Although most were built on modest budgets, many resulted in outstanding design.
I am impressed by bold design elements that make buildings distinct: overwhelmingly boxy structures with a single curve, glass walls, grids, casement windows, concrete, color panels, multiple horizontal planes, and flat roofs.