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Land Title Trust: 1905

Land Title Trust: 1905

Philadelphia circa 1905. "Land Title Trust Building." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Last year, I had to visit that building once per week during the last quarter. The restrooms feature water-free urinals and other state of the art equipment. Not bad for a building well over a century old.

Other building?

Can anyone tell what was in the third building on the crossing we see?
"THE NORTH ......CAN" before the "CAN" there must be a B, D, P or R, I think.

[The one at the right is the North American Building. - tterrace]

Daniel Burnham Strikes Again!

The big building in the center of the picture is the Annex (or South Tower) of the original Land Title and Trust Building, a sliver of which may be seen to the right of the Annex. Both buildings were the work of the Chicago office of D. H. Burnham & Co. - the first building built in 1897, the second in 1902. The first building adheres closely to the designs of the Chicago School, and it looks very much like a classicized version of Burnham's Fisher Building in Chicago (1895-1896). The second building, designed with contributions by the Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer, fits fully into the Beaux-Arts skyscraper mode, with a tripartite facade composition featuring columns at the bottom and also near the top.

Union League and Land Title Bldg.

These are pretty much the same today as they were back then I believe. Though these days women can join the Union League -- the smaller red brick building with the elegant curving stairs -- but that's a very recent development.

Yes sir - those were the days!

Click the Hi-Def or View Full Size and bring in just the bottom quarter of the photo - looks exactly like the opening scene of a movie taking place at the turn of the century, perhaps staring Dan Dailey or Betty Grable.

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