In the early hours of Monday, October 24, a man ripped the brass railings off the right staircase of the Union League of Philadelphia, causing some serious damage to the historic property.
A spokesperson at the Union League, which was built in 1865 and designed by architect John Fraser, said that repairs would begin as soon as possible. Nearly two weeks later, the stairs are looking much better than they did that Monday morning.
Notice: Broad Street Steps At 3:02 AM, Monday, October 24th, a man was spotted ripping the brass railing from the right side of the Broad Street steps. As a result of ripping the brass railing, most of the stone staircase fell. We have alerted the Philadelphia Police Department and appreciate their timely response and attention into investigating this criminal act. We are cooperating fully with the police and sharing our 24-hour surveillance tapes. Please be aware that these steps are severely damaged and roped off for the safety of our members, employees and the public. We will work to restore the staircase to its original condition as soon as possible.
Here’s what the stairs look like this week:
Damages were estimated to cost $100,000, according to 6ABC. Based on these photos, looks like all that’s really left is adding the final brass railing to the staircase.