Photos by Laura Kicey
This example of Art Deco Philadelphia architecture was one of the building's that contributed to the inclusion of the Callowhill neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by architect, engineer and painter Philip Tyre, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and fought in World War II. When it was designated, the Preservation Alliance wrote, "The form of the building is the work of an engineer ... However, it was Tyre, the architect, who then overlaid onto this rational structure monumental Art Deco motifs derived from Native American influences."