Scavenger Hunt

Center City:

First Bank of the U.S

Carpenter’s Hall
Merchant Exchange Building
Society Hill Towers
1/3 Statues Found at Society Towers
2/3 & 3/3 Statues Found at Society Towers
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Delancey Park

Temple University:

Paley Library
Peabody Hall
Johnson & Hardwick Halls
Beury Hall

The majority of the buildings were still standing. Exploring Philadelphia is something that I’ve always wanted to do, so when I got this as an assignment I was all for it. Due to cold weather and limited daylight, I wasn’t able to capture all the buildings on the list. I captured a total of 13 buildings, 4 of them on Temple University and 9 of them in Center City. Urban renewal affects the lives of many people going through the change. Temple University itself is an urban renewal project, and as a Temple University am going through the change. In the picture of Peabody Hall, we see that it is in the process of deconstruction. It will be changed into something renewed. Overall, I really enjoyed this project and would probably do it again with a friend. Philadelphia has a lot to offer in history, urban renewal being one of the major ones.

Wanamaker Building

The Wanamaker building stands very tall, making it a pleasant sight to see. When you step inside, there are many things to take in. You see the grand organ, the eagle statue, and many shops that include jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, and coffee stands. These are all spaced out, so there is something to see around every corner and on every floor. The organ in the Wanamaker building is the biggest organ in the world. Visitors get to hear the organ be played twice a day, and while I was walking around I could hear the music being played. There are three floors that customers can walk around and shop if they so, please. I think the building has a lot to offer I spent about an hour and a half observing things from the first all the way to the third floor. One of the coolest things about the building is how big it is. I was not expecting such an enormous opening, considering the building is only two miles away. Another cool thing about the building is the eagle statue. For Americans during the past century, this department store was the main attraction. The eagle statue reminded me much of the centennial and how it was also such a main attraction to people. Department stores one hundred years ago were a part of a social change due to Taylorism. My experience visiting the Wanamaker building was an amazing one, and I would recommend people to go visit the building whether it be for a class or not. It was cool to see how a famous department store can relate to discussions in class.

Visiting My Revolution Site

For my revolution, the first school of medicine, I chose to visit Temple’s school of medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine. As I was walking to the school, I noticed that the environment was comfortable. This may because I am biased on city environments and especially since it was a medical school that I was visiting. The medical school has many floors and is a sight to see. Many students were walking in and out of the building, dressed in red scrubs, and talking about their lectures and other medical related terms.

In 1901, this school was founded as Pennsylvania’s first co-educational medical school. This medical school is one of seven medical schools in the state and on the top ten list in the United States. This school has around 700 students currently enrolled. Some may be shocked at this number, but this is simply because professional schools, especially medical schools, are very competitive. In 2014, scientists at this school were the first to extract HIV from human cells. The school is located on 3500 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140. About a thirty-minute walk away from where I currently reside on Temple’s campus.

Overall, my experience here at this medical school was a good one. I always had a passion for medicine, so visiting the school reminded me of why I am here at Temple. Sadly, I was not able to take a picture of the building because while I was walking around the building, my phone died. Technology, right? I was not able to tour the building since I am currently not a student in the medical school, but I was able to walk around the building.

Exhibit Review

My experience with the exhibit was a unique one. I am not a big history fan, but this exhibit kept me interested enough to keep walking through. It interested me that Peale’s exhibit was not subjected to just one thing or topic. The exhibit covered taxonomy, silhouettes, history, and even had artifacts to read and touch. The thing I liked the most about the exhibit, was that it brought the discussions from class to life. There is a huge difference reading and discussing something versus seeing it in person and learning about it. At the exhibit, there was a representation of the mastodon’s teeth, and it made me realize how big this animal was. Another thing that interested me, was the preservation of the letters that Peale received, like the one from Thomas Jefferson. It was cool to see what Jefferson had to say about Peale and his museum. The exhibit did a really good job of bringing the discussions to life. Reading and seeing the artifacts they had put everything into a real-life perspective. It would have been nice to see the excavated mastodon in the blue room, but the room was not open to the public at the time. The only thing I found myself doing that I did not like was standing in the same spot for minutes at a time. A lot of the information in the exhibit was compacted together, so if the room itself was bigger so that the information could be more spread out, it would have been nicer. The people working here were very welcoming and made the experience an easy one. I would recommend this exhibit to anyone that is a fan of Peale or for any history fan.

About Me

Hello! My name is Christian Gorbea, and I am an 18-year-old freshman here at Temple University with a major in Biology. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, so I am used to city life and high populated areas, which I love. I moved to Albrightsville, Pennsylvania at the age of 8 which was a completely different environment than New York, and I hated it. I am roughly two and a half hours away from home, but being in the city of Philadelphia while attending Temple are both exciting and interesting. I’m excited to see where the opportunities offered here at Temple offer and interested in the culture that Philadelphia brings.

My career goal for the future is to become a physician that specializes in emergency medicine or pediatrics. Getting into professional school is not easy, so I take my academics serious. If my big plan does not go how I envision, then my plan b is to switch my major to Psychology on the criminal justice track to become a criminal profiler. If I am not studying or doing homework, then I most likely am on Netflix, hanging out with friends, out eating, or sometimes reading.