Terminal Commerce Building

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Terminal Commerce Building
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Terminal Commerce Building, May 2010
Terminal Commerce Building is located in Philadelphia
Terminal Commerce Building
Terminal Commerce Building is located in Pennsylvania
Terminal Commerce Building
Terminal Commerce Building is located in the US
Terminal Commerce Building
Location401 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′35″N 75°9′18″W / 39.95972°N 75.15500°W / 39.95972; -75.15500Coordinates: 39°57′35″N 75°9′18″W / 39.95972°N 75.15500°W / 39.95972; -75.15500
Area2.7 acres (1.1 ha)
ArchitectSteele, William & Sons Co.
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference #96001203[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 24, 1996

Terminal Commerce Building, also known as the North American Building, is a historic building complex located in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built between 1929 and 1931 by the Reading Company, and is a combined office, showroom, parking garage, warehouse and freight station totaling over 1.3 million square feet. It measures 528 feet by 225 feet. The front section houses offices, and is a 14-story, reinforced concrete, brick and terra cotta faced building in the Art Deco style. The front facade has a central tower with terra cotta ornamentation that houses water tanks. The rear warehouse section is 12-stories and is "H"-shaped.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[1] It is a contributing property to the Callowhill Industrial Historic District.

Today, the building serves as the largest telecommunications carrier hotel in the city of Philadelphia with 1.3 million square feet of space.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Frederick L. Richards and Barbara Dertouzos (June 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: Terminal Commerce Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/03/06/new-owners-philadelphia-carrier-hotel-401-north-broad/