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Mellon Center (Lit Brothers’ Department Store)
The former Lit Brothers’ Department Store began in the middle of the nineteenth century as a group of iron-fronted stores in the center of the block, including J. B. Lippincott and Co., at numbers 713–715, which were part of the block acquired by Jacob Lit at the end of the nineteenth century. Between 1894 and 1906, Collins and Autenrieth added unifying wings whose elaborate detail and roundarched windows so duplicate the effect of cast iron that most are not aware that the bulk of the building is of brick and terra-cotta. After Lit's closed and faced demolition, it was restored and converted into an office building with street-level retailing. Across Market Street, the cast-iron-fronted building at number 714 is by John McArthur Jr. (1855). West of 8th Street is the stepped classical limestone block of Strawbridge and Clothier's Department Store, the bastion of Quaker retail, designed by Grant Simon (1928).
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