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Drexel Bank

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1925–1927, Day and Klauder. 135 S. 15th St.

Klauder's massive granite Renaissance-style palazzo for the Drexel Bank exudes power by foregoing the maximum exploitation of its air rights above while wearing the garb of the past below—here the massive stonework of the Strozzi Palace of fifteenth-century Florence. Though its great private banking room has been subdivided, the splendid Renaissancestyle walnut ceiling can be seen through the modern balconies. It is the last and in many ways the most effective adaptation of a historical revival building of the new downtown.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Drexel Bank", [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, 95-95.

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