Wesley Building (Philadelphia)

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Wesley Building
(Robert Morris Hotel)
The Wesley Building in Philadelphia.jpg
Wesley Building (Philadelphia) is located in Philadelphia
Wesley Building (Philadelphia)
Wesley Building (Philadelphia) is located in Pennsylvania
Wesley Building (Philadelphia)
Wesley Building (Philadelphia) is located in the United States
Wesley Building (Philadelphia)
Location1701-1709 Arch St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′17″N 75°10′8″W / 39.95472°N 75.16889°W / 39.95472; -75.16889Coordinates: 39°57′17″N 75°10′8″W / 39.95472°N 75.16889°W / 39.95472; -75.16889
Built1914-15, 1921-22[2]
ArchitectBallinger & Perot; Ballinger Co.[2]
Architectural styleGothic Revival
NRHP reference #84003581[1]
Added to NRHPMay 10, 1984

The Wesley Building, also known as the Robert Morris Hotel, is a historic office building and hotel located at 1701-09 Arch Street at the corner of N. 17th Street in the Logan Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The original 6-story section was built in 1914-15, with an 8-story addition in 1921-22; the cornice of the original building can still be seen above the sixth floor.[2]

The building was commissioned by the Board of Home Missions of the United Methodist Church as offices and a hotel for the Methodist Church.[2] It was designed by Ballinger & Perot in the Gothic Revival style[2] and features intricate terra cotta detailing.[3] Located directly across Arch Street from the 58-story Comcast Center, the tallest building in Pennsylvania, the now century old structure was converted in 2012 to a 111-unit rental apartment building called "The Arch Luxury Apartments".[4]

The Wesley Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]


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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gallery, John Andrew, ed. (2004), Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City (2nd ed.), Philadelphia: Foundation for Architecture, ISBN 0962290815, p.98
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Elizabeth R. Mintz (February 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Wesley Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  4. ^ Rooney, Shannon "First Look: The Arch, Where History Meets Amenities" Curbed.com, July 17, 2012

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