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Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Identification

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building, PSFS Building
117951

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
light brown gray
international style

Usages

hotel
restaurant fitness center

Facts

  • The facade materials are glass and painted brick, with a base of limestone and polished black granite.
  • The first modern skyscraper in the United States.
  • 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.
  • The building was converted into a Loews Hotel in 1999-2000. Renovation from bank offices to the current hotel cost $115 million.
  • Originally built as the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS) Building. It was purchased from Mellon Bank by Loews Hotels in 1997.
  • In recognition of its historical value, Loews Hotels kept the PSFS sign on top of the skyscraper.
  • 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.
  • This is the tallest building completed in Philadelphia during the 1930s.
  • 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.
  • The building received a 2001 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Construction Award.

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Location

1200 Market Street, 12 South 12th Street
19107
Center City East
Center City
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
U.S.A.

Technical Data

748.00 ft
491.99 ft
491.99 ft
36
1929
1932
2000
$8,000,000

Involved Companies

Howe & Lescaze
consultant, elevator supplier, escalator supplier, general contractor, geotechnical engineering, interior designer, owner

2000

BLT Architects
Cagley Harman & Associates
Dan Lepore & Sons Company

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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