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Municipal Services Building

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1962–1965, Vincent G. Kling. N. 15th St. and John F. Kennedy Blvd.
  • (Photo by Andrew Hope)

This office for the expanding city bureaucracy won the AIA's gold medal in 1965. Its Greek cross plan with stubby wings around a central core was intended to reduce its visual mass while providing multiple corner offices for self-indulgent city functionaries. The light gray granite skin and projecting window frames link it to the civic group of City Hall ( PH49) and the Masonic Temple ( PH50) across Broad Street.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Municipal Services Building", [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, 109-109.

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