Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Structure in General
- The first modern skyscraper in the United States.
- The facade materials are glass and painted brick, with a base of limestone and polished black granite.
- This is the tallest building completed in Philadelphia during the 1930s.
- City-wide, the building was second in height only to Philadelphia City Hall when completed. It retained this rank until the completion of 1818 Market Street in 1974.
- It remained the tallest building in Philadelphia east of Broad Street until completion of The St. James in 2004.
- Originally built as the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS) Building. It was purchased from Mellon Bank by Loews Hotels in 1997.
- The building was converted into a Loews Hotel in 1999-2000. Renovation from bank offices to the current hotel cost $115 million.
- In recognition of its historical value, Loews Hotels kept the PSFS sign on top of the skyscraper.
- The building received a 2001 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Construction Award.
- The PSFS Building was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1968, with National Register listing and National Historic Landmark Status granted in 1976.
- This building was approved to be built just as the economic crisis started. The resulting drop in prices allowed more to be spent on interior details and finishes.
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- City landmark
- National landmark