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Witherspoon Building

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Identification

Witherspoon Building
Presbyterian Board of Education Building
139318

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
brick
granite

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The Witherspoon Building was built by the Presbyterian Church and featured many design and sculptural elements intent on telling the story of this protestant denomination in the United States.
  • Nine-foot statues of John Witherspoon, Marcus Whitman, James Caldwell, Francis Makemie, Samuel Davies, and John McMillan were originally placed on either side and at the peak of the Walnut and Juniper Street entrances.
  • These statues were of men important to the development of the Presbyterian Church. They were cast by Alexander Sterling Calder, father of Alexander Calder, who was widely known for his modern sculptures and mobiles.
  • An additional ten statues of New Testament prophets once stood on arches at the 8th floor level. These were cast by prominent Philadelphians Samuel Murray and Thomas Eakins.
  • All of these terra-cotta statues were removed in 1961 because of fear of deterioration.

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Location

1319-1323 Walnut Street
120-150 South Juniper Street
1318 Sansom Street
1319-1323 Walnut Street
19107
Center City East
Center City
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
U.S.A.

Technical Data

160.76 ft
166.00 ft
230.00 ft
75.00 ft
11
1897
$1,018,400

Involved Companies


Joseph M. Huston

William Steele & Sons

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Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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