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Fossil vs. Art Deco

The year's first meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission included the question of whether Fossil—best known for watches and handbags with many convenient interior pockets—should alter the Art Deco storefront at 1616 Walnut St., which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Fossil's architect and a graphic designer proposed two alterations to the facade in the form of metalwork and lettering. Despite the objections of John Gallery of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, the Commissioners all agreed that Fossil's signage was acceptable, pending modification of the size of the lettering. [PlanPhilly]