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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.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "WPEN", [Philadelphia, 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, 105-106.

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