Robert Venturi, 93, Philadelphia architect who led the rebellion against modernism

September 20, 2018

By Staff

Robert Venturi, 93, a Philadelphia architect who radically altered the way the profession thinks about modernism, history, popular culture, neon signs, and roadside architecture, died Wednesday at his West Mount Airy home. He had been suffering from complications of Alzheimer’s disease and was in hospice care, according to a family spokeswoman.

Mr. Venturi’s influence came both from his stunningly unorthodox buildings, like Guild House on Spring Garden Street, and from his groundbreaking books on architectural history.

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