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Phila Up: 1904

Phila Up: 1904

Philadelphia, 1904. "Land Title Trust Building, Broad Street." The umpteenth appearance on these pages of this early skyscraper. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

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Impressive

Oh, 8x10, you've done it again.

Superb image and stunning building. Just imagine how much weight is behind all that masonry added to the steel skeleton and interior fit-out.

Looks as good as new today!

+109

Below is the same view from October of 2013.

There's a lot still there

From what I can tell, everything on the left in 1904 from the Second Empire building with the curved staircases to City Hall is still there. Although at least one building closer to City Hall, that looks like it was originally a bank, has been repurposed as a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The Same View Today

Possibilities

The rise (?) of such buildings was made possible by many technical advances such as steel design and engineering, but right at the top is Elisha Otis's safety elevator.

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