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1928, Ralph B. Bencker. 2212 Walnut St.

The third radio station of the downtown was a refacing of one of Frank Furness's houses for the Ashurst family (1871). It too made a strong visual statement with pressed-copper cubist ornament at the base, a slick polished granite facade, a crowning molded terra-cotta cornice of crisp geometric planes, and angled lights with neon letters facing the street emblazoned with the radio station name.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "WPEN", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-PH102.

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, 105-106.

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