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1953–late 20th century, Edmund Bacon; Vincent G. Kling; Emery Roth; and others. Market St. from 15th to 22nd sts.

Designed at the most virulently anti-Beaux-Arts moment of the modern movement, the planners avoided the civic lessons of Rockefeller Center's brilliantly framed and composed urban space to produce an asymmetrical and uninspiring cluster of buildings, many by Vincent Kling, in a setting of plazas designed by Kling and others that were expected to become the new civic space.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Penn Center", [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, 108-109.

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