Packard Motor Corporation Building

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Packard Motor Car Company Building
(February 2010)
Packard Motor Corporation Building is located in Philadelphia
Packard Motor Corporation Building
Packard Motor Corporation Building is located in Pennsylvania
Packard Motor Corporation Building
Packard Motor Corporation Building is located in the United States
Packard Motor Corporation Building
Location317–321 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′31″N 75°9′45″W / 39.95861°N 75.16250°W / 39.95861; -75.16250Coordinates: 39°57′31″N 75°9′45″W / 39.95861°N 75.16250°W / 39.95861; -75.16250
ArchitectAlbert Kahn
Architectural styleChicago, skyscraper
NRHP reference No.80003616[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 8, 1980

The Packard Motor Car Company Building, also known as the Press Building, is a historic office building located at 317–321 N. Broad Street between Pearl and Wood Streets in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The structure was built in 1910–11 and was designed by Albert Kahn of the noted Detroit architectural firm of Kahn & Wilby. It is a seven-story, steel framed, reinforced concrete building – one of the first uses of that material in a commercial building. Clad in terra cotta and featuring an ornamented canopy and a prominent overhanging roof, the building housed a showroom and new car inventory space for the Packard Motor Car Company.[2][3] The showroom was remodeled in 1927 by Philip Tyre.[4] In November 1928, the building became the headquarters of the Philadelphia Record newspaper, which it remained until the Record folded in a 1947 strike.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1] It is a contributing property to the Callowhill Industrial Historic District. The building was renovated into apartments in 1986 by Bower Lewis Thrower and John Milner Associates.[3]

The building's canopy

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes George E. Thomas (September 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Packard Motor Corporation Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ a b Gallery, John Andrew, ed. (2004), Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City (2nd ed.), Philadelphia: Foundation for Architecture, ISBN 0962290815, p.97
  4. ^ Teitelman, Edward & Longstreth, Richard W. (1981), Architecture in Philadelphia: A Guide, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, ISBN 0262700212, p.136

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