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Downtown: 1939

Downtown: 1939

Spring 1939. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Downtown buildings near Walnut and Broad streets, looking east." Medium format nitrate negative by Paul Vanderbilt for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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The tall building with domes in the center of the photo is still standing. It is the Hyatt at Bellevue, formerly the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel at Broad & Walnut Streets.

The hotel received negative press when the American Legion held their convention there in 1976. Many were sickened with a pneumonia-like disease and died from what became known as "Legionnaires' Disease".

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