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|October 18th, 2002, 07:01 AM||#1|
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#154 l Mellon Bank Center l PHILADELPHIA l 241m l 54fl
Mellon Bank Center
HEIGHT: 241m/792 feet
FLOORS: 54 floors
ARCHITECT: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Philadelphia’s Mayor Goode, recognized that his city was losing the race with other cities in attracting prime tenants. The 491 foot height limitation set by the William Penn statue atop City Hall had stunted the city’s skyline. Philadelphia wanted a modern icon.
The site is located within a Corbusian grid of flat rectangular blocks built in the 1950’s. It is uniquely located on axis with the old City Hall and midway between two of the four squares that define Penn Center, the area of the site. The spatial linkages to these distant cardinal landmarks recognize the order of the city. The 53-story aluminium and glass tower is supported on a five-story stone podium that anchors the tower solidly to the city grid.
The tapered tower borrows its shape from the obelisk, a monument historically used to celebrate special moments in time. A classical composition of base, middle, and top reinforces the classic iconography of the building, which dominates the center of the city.
In the morning
Closeup of the top
In the night skyline along with One Liberty Place and Philly's City Hall
Last edited by ZZ-II; June 25th, 2008 at 10:26 PM.