2012 Philadelphia Antiques Show sports new look, plans bigger show floor

Philadelphia Antiques Show 2012Mayor Michael A. Nutter and 2012 Show Chairwoman Gretchen Riley unveil the new Philadelphia Antiques Show logo.

PHILADELPHIA – Famous for its wide array of decorative pieces and furnishings, the Philadelphia Antiques Show along with Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced recently the show will move to a new home in Center City Philadelphia: The Pennsylvania Convention Center. The change in venue invites fantastic updates to the 2012 show, including a larger floor plan and a fresh, new logo to bring antiques into the 21st century.

Sponsored by Drexel Morgan & Co., the 51st Annual Philadelphia Antiques Show will be held April 28 through May 1, 2012, with a preview party being held April 27, 2012.

One of the longest running shows in the country, the Show debuted April 24, 1962, as the University Hospital Antiques Show at the 33rd Street Armory in West Philadelphia. Since its founding, the Show has moved to several locations, and was hosted most recently at The Navy Yard, Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier One.


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The Philadelphia Antiques Show has grown to be one of the most prominent shows in the United States, famed for its wide array of decorative pieces and furnishings. The Show invites America’s most prestigious antiques dealers and galleries to exhibit in Philadelphia.

It offers visitors the finest of unique and timeless treasures, providing patrons the opportunity to purchase an abundant quantity and variety of Americana, jewelry, textiles, paintings, furniture, porcelain, and folk art. The Show also displays Chinese art and porcelain, English and Continental antiques.

“Moving the Show to the Pennsylvania Convention Center allows patrons the chance to purchase the finest, most exquisite treasures from over 50 antiques dealers featured in our largest floor plan ever,” says Show Chairwoman Gretchen Riley.

In addition to the new location and Show dates, the 2012 Philadelphia Antiques Show announces it has embraced the past to modernize and adopt a new logo. The logo captures the essence of Philadelphia’s unique history with its distinctive script. The golden, ornate key hints at “unlocking” the past with antiques. The burgundy and gold color scheme for the logo makes for a bold, but traditional statement.

As the 2012 Show adopts a new look and home, proceeds from the Philadelphia Antiques Show will continue to raise funds for its beneficiary, the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Over the past five decades, the Show has raised over $18 million for the advancement of patient care. Proceeds from the 2012 Show will help establish the Penn Lung Transplant Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Center, which will facilitate the rehabilitation of organs that are normally unsuitable for transplantation, and use its resources to expand the number of transplants performed within the health system to revolutionize the practice of lung transplants throughout the United States.

“Philadelphia is known for our eds, meds and beds,” Nutter said. “The Philadelphia Antiques Show combines all of them. Last year, about 10,000 people visited the show and stayed at our great hotels. The proceeds from the Antiques Show benefit UPenn Medicine. This year, the Philadelphia Antiques Show will be even bigger as it moves to its new home, the Pennsylvania Convention Center.”

For more information about the 2012 Philadelphia Antiques Show, contact Dorothy Grieb.


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