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PSFS Building

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Philadelphia, United States.

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Commissioned by the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society for their new company headquarters, Howe designed a most unconventional structure. Resulting in the first international style skyscraper in America. A kind of pseudo-art deco style, it is early modernist in form. The base of the building has a granite façade with limestone covering the tower. Inside there are Cartier-designed clocks and custom designed furniture, it is surprising to discover it was designed as early as 1932. In 1997, the Loews Corporation converted it into a hotel, still maintaining the key features and details of the original design, even to the rooftop PSFS sign.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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