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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Dome Alone: 1910

Dome Alone: 1910

Philadelphia circa 1910. "Girard Trust Bldg., Broad and Chestnut streets." Flanked by the Morris and West End Trust towers. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Now The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

When I worked for Girard Bank the building was known as 1 Girard Plaza, or more simply (and more often) as "The Dome Building." After Mellon bought Girard, it was rechristened 1 Mellon Plaza, but only the folks from Pittsburgh called it that. Locally it was still "The Dome Building." The Ritz people have kept it in fine shape.

They just don't build them like that anymore

What stunning architectural detail these old commercial building have! The Girard building radiates stability and trustworthiness. The taller building on the right is just covered with the richly detailed products of the bricklayer's and stonemason's art. The corbelled chimney is something that you just would not see being built today - where would you find the tradesmen who could execute it?

My usual challenge to "The Shorpy Sleuths" applies here: Can anyone identify the make and model of the old cars in the picture, particularly the "Brass Era" pair on the left side?

105 years apart

But the Pillars are still a good place to hangout.

Cleaning spirits

I love the unsubstantial ghost street cleaner across the street from his very substantial cart.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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