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Curtis Publishing Company

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1907, Edgar V. Seeler and Spencer Roberts. S. 6th and Walnut sts.
  • Curtis Publishing Company (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • Curtis Publishing Company (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • Curtis Publishing Company (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)

The Curtis Publishing Company building is Beaux-Arts in character but Georgian Revival in color and detail. It juxtaposed the scale of a modern publishing empire against the diminutive scale of Independence Hall across the street. Built to house the editorial staff and some of the production processes of Ladies’ Home Journal, Saturday Evening Post, and Jack and Jill, it was presided over by Edward Bok, the self-promoting son-in-law of the company's founder, Cyrus Curtis. The new building represented Bok's immense ambition, both in its scale and in its decor. In the Beaux-Arts marble-clad entrance hall is a spectacular Tiffany favrille glass mosaic entitled The Dream Garden, in which each piece of glass represents a brush stroke of the original painting by Maxfield Parrish. Pendant in material and scale to the Curtis Building is the Public Ledger Building that stretches north to Chestnut Street. Designed by Horace Trumbauer in 1923, it replaced John McArthur Jr.'s mansard-roofed, Second Empire building for the Public Ledger, George Childs's politically incorruptible newspaper.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Curtis Publishing Company", [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, 73-73.

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