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1500 Walnut Street (First National Bank)

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First National Bank
1927, Ritter and Shay. 1500 Walnut St.

Built of yellow brick with limestone trim, this Lombard Romanesque tower steps back in stages like a New York City skyscraper, even though Philadelphia lacked the zoning regulations that created that form. The understated rear addition by Bower and Fradley (1966) is among the most successful additions to a skyscraper in the city.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "1500 Walnut Street (First National 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, 95-96.

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