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Horn and Hardart

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1938, Ralph B. Bencker. 6826 Market St.
  • (© George E. Thomas)

With decor by the brilliant stained glass artist Nicola D’Ascenzo and a richly ornamented cast-stone Art Deco facade with bronze window detail, this is perhaps the best surviving example of the phenomenally successful automat fast food chain that spread from Philadelphia to New York City and Washington in the 1920s and 1930s. Another interesting Art Deco building is the miniskyscraper (1927) with its great sculpted eagles by Ritter and Shay for the 69th Street Terminal Title and Trust, just west of the McClatchy Building ( DE31).

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Horn and Hardart", [Upper Darby, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 231-231.

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