About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Vincent Kling, a Philadelphia architect originally from New Jersey, graduated from M.I.T. with a master's degree and from Columbia University with his bachelor's degree, both in architecture. While working on his master's degree, Pearl Harbor was bombed and Kling, a reserve naval officer in aviation, was called to duty. When he got out of the service in 1946, Kling went to work for a New York firm--Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill--where he did his apprenticeship. He left Skidmore to form a practice of his own, allowing him to both conceive and execute his designs. Klink goes on to discuss his major Philadelphia area projects, such as Penn Center, and other architectural landmarks in the city. Later he was President of the American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia chapter. Klink believed that the lifeblood of the city was being drained out to the suburbs, so his firm focuses on bringing that activity back into the city.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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