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Equitable Life Assurance Company

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1922–1924, Proudfoot, Bird and Rawson. 604 Locust St.

The ability of period revival architects of the teens and twenties to combine successfully, and with ease, past styles is well attested to in this 19-story skyscraper. The central decorative theme is unquestionably Gothic Revival, but the medieval detailing in granite and glazed terracotta is organized in a purely classical manner. From a distance, the character of the building is established by its rooftop lantern, with its elongated round-arched windows, its terracotta paneling, and its spirelike roof.

Writing Credits

Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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