Office Buildings

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The Pennsylvania State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets was built in 1958, designed by Carroll, Grisdale & Van Alan in partnership with Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson, Nolen & Swinburne, and landscape architect Ian McHarg.  It is in the process of being converted to condominiums.

The Police Administration Building at 8th and Race Streets was revolutionary in its use of precast concrete panels.  “The Roundhouse” was designed in 1959 by architects Geddes, Brecher, Qualls (later Geddes, Brecher, Qualls & Cunningham) and pioneering structural engineer August Komendant.

The  Cayuga Bank office building at Sansom and 13th Streets is one of the few surviving buildings from this now-defunct bank known for its modernist branch designs.  This mod alteration of a nineteenth-century building was done in 1960 by architect Philip Mastrin.  The building is now occupied by El Vez restaurant.

The Rohm & Haas Building was designed by noted Itailian architect Pietro Bellusci.  Built along Independence Mall in 1964, its expressive concrete columns and innovative facade screens brought unapologetic modernism to the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district.

The Municipal Services Building is the marquee component of architect Vincent Kling’s Penn Center redevelopment efforts.  Constructed in 1962-65 at 15th and JFK Boulevard, its finely-detailed masonry and glass facade prove surprisingly complimentary to City Hall across the street.

The United Fund Headquarters at 17th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the work of Philadelphia School pioneers Mitchell/Giurgola Associates.  Built in 1968-71, its innovative contextual design melds four distinct and unique facades into a unified and coherent whole.

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2 responses

  1. Great way to gather public opinion and reaction to modern architecture that is often over looked from a preservation perspective.

    September 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

  2. Kathy Dowdell

    I don’t like the Municipal Services building better than the United Fund building, but I feel it is in some ways more significant and in every way less appreciated, so it gets my vote.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:41 am

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