First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia ~ Welcome home!


First Unitarian Church has been invited to participate in a city-wide exhibit honoring Frank Furness and his buildings in Philadelphia.  The exhibit has been developed by the Development Working Group and will be on view from October to December - times below.  The exhibit has wonderful photos from our archives and other sources showing the arc of Frank's life - and the arc of the life of our building over the last century.  Do stop by and see how special this building is not only to us but in the larger world.

Still Standing: Frank Furness as Street Preacher

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

In the Sanctuary

2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia


October 5 - December 14, 2012

Wednesdays and Fridays - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

or by appointment - 215-518-8978



In 1870 Dr. William Furness, the architect's father, demanded that architects should be like "street preachers" shouting their values to the public.  Frank's church for his father's congregation accepted the challenge.  Though altered, the church manifests central Unitarian themes of shared access to enlightenment and redemption in the architect's leaded glass, furniture and church planning.


We are part of the city-wide exhibit:

Frank Furness Revolutionary Philly:

Making Buildings Out of His Head



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