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One South Broad

Identification

One South Broad
Philadelphia National Bank Building, Lincoln-Liberty Building, PNB Building
117918

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
neo-classicism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Originally known as the Lincoln-Liberty Building, it replaced the Franklin National Bank Building and the Lincoln Building on the east side of the first block of South Broad Street.
  • It was the home of the Philadelphia National Bank for decades, and the initials 'PNB' can be seen at the top of the building.
  • This is the tallest office building in Philadelphia east of Broad Street.
  • This building was constructed by John Wanamaker, an early Philadelphia retailing magnate.
  • In 1926, when the bell arrived fom England, the top of the building was home to the largest ringing bell in the United States, called the "Founder's Bell". It was cast in tribute to John Wanamaker and can be heard for 25 miles.

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Location

1 South Broad Street at Chestnut Street
19107
Center City East
Center City
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
U.S.A.

Technical Data

472.44 ft
472.44 ft
472.44 ft
28
1930
1932
14

Involved Companies

bell foundry, civil engineering, cooling installation, developer, general contractor