Drake Hotel (Philadelphia)

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Drake Hotel
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Drake Hotel (Philadelphia) is located in Philadelphia
Drake Hotel (Philadelphia)
Drake Hotel (Philadelphia) is located in Pennsylvania
Drake Hotel (Philadelphia)
Drake Hotel (Philadelphia) is located in the US
Drake Hotel (Philadelphia)
Location1512-1514 Spruce St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°56′49″N 75°10′3″W / 39.94694°N 75.16750°W / 39.94694; -75.16750Coordinates: 39°56′49″N 75°10′3″W / 39.94694°N 75.16750°W / 39.94694; -75.16750
Built byMurphy, Quigley
ArchitectRitter & Shay
Architectural styleArt Deco, Spanish Baroque
NRHP reference #78002446[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 18, 1978
Designated PRHPOctober 6, 1977[2]

The Drake Hotel, a historic 375-foot-tall, 33-story luxury hotel located at 1512-1514 Spruce Street at the corner of S. Hicks Street between S. 15th and S. 16th Streets in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was built in 1928-29 by the Murphy, Quigley Company and was designed by the architectural firm of Ritter and Shay in the Art Deco style with Spanish Baroque terra cotta ornamentation on themes surrounding Sir Francis Drake, including "dolphins, shells, sailing vessels and globes." The building is topped by a terra cotta dome.[3]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 18, 1978. It was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on October 6, 1977.[2] In 1998, the building was extensively renovated and converted to condominiums as "The Drake".

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "PRHP: List of properties with OPA-compliant addresses" (PDF). Philadelphia Historical Commission. Retrieved 2013-07-03.[page needed]
  3. ^ Gallery, John Andrew, ed. (2004), Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City (2nd ed.), Philadelphia: Foundation for Architecture, ISBN 0962290815, p.106

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