By Natalie Pompilio
It’s somewhat fitting: A center for creativity housed in a building designed by one of the city’s most influential architects in a style he made famous.
Drexel University officials appreciate that. That’s why they say they have no plans to alter the exterior of the 130,000-square-foot building at 3501 Market Street built by Robert Venturi, who viewed buildings as “decorated sheds.
“Certainly one of the most notable things about the building is the Market Street façade. I can’t imagine why we’d want to alter that,” said Allen Sabinson, dean of the Antointette Westphal College of Arts and Design. “We’re elated that we were able to find this.”
That means the eye-catching bands of brightly colored tiles on the building’s front will remain, as will the porcelain enamel panels decorated with a floral design at the entrance. The only exterior change in the immediate future? “Trimming the trees on Market Street so you can see the façade,” Sabinson said.