Monthly Event

The Metropolitan Opera House: Past, Present & Future


Thursday, April 5, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street


Architects Sam Olshin AIA and Ruthie Embry RA of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, along with Peter Woodall and Nathaniel Popkin, co-authors of Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City, will discuss the iconic Metropolitan Opera House and assess its place on the evolving landscape of North Broad Street. Sam and Ruthie will talk about their work renovating The Met, an iconic building on the National Register of Historic Places, which is returned to its original use as a live music venue; Nathaniel and Peter will look back at the building's rich social and cultural history.

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Sam Olshin

Sam is a principal at Atkin Olshin Schade, with a long resume that includes renovations to Temple Adath Israel’s well-known Pietro Belluschi-designed synagogue, renovations to Louis Kahn’s Richards Medical Building, and a master plan and new visitors’ center at Eastern State Penitentiary. 

Ruthie Embry

Ruthie is a project architect at Atkin Olshin Schade and is leading the rehabilitation of The Met.

Peter Woodall

Peter is founding co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and a former newspaper reporter and producer for public radio. He also serves as project director for Hidden City Philadelphia. 

Nathaniel Popkin

Nathaniel is the other founding co-editor of the Hidden City Daily. He is the author of six books and the writer of the documentary film series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. Peter and Nathaniel, along with photographer Joseph E.B. Elliott, are co-authors of Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City.