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Grass Building

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c. 1988, Leung Hemmler Camayd. Spruce St. at N. Washington Ave.
  • (© George E. Thomas)

This sure-handed work is a noteworthy example of Robert Venturi's influence that brightens a four-story office and retail building constructed by interests connected with the Rite Aid pharmacy chain. The building is at once startling but quite contextual: atop a rusticated concrete base with flattened and abstracted details, a series of tiered curtain wall colonnades extend along Spruce Street before bowing outward in a gentle curve that echoes the corner bay of the Brooks Building ( LK4) across the street. The topmost colonnade takes the form of an abstracted stoa, its end pediment bearing the Rite Aid logo.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Grass Building", [Scranton, 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, 483-483.

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