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St. Charles Hotel

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1851, Charles A. Rubicam, builder; 2003 restored, Richard Wesley. 60–66 N. 3rd St.

This cast-iron facade mimics stone in its details, notably the corner quoins with smooth edges, or arras, and textured centers, as if cut with a stonemason's pick. Many cast-iron facades were painted with sand in the paint to create the texture and thus the illusion of stone.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "St. Charles Hotel", [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, 55-55.

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