The PSFS Building, the Vanna Venturi House, and the Barnes Foundation are among the most important works of architecture built since 1891, according to Architectural Record.
Earlier this month, the magazine celebrated its 125th anniversary by hand-selecting 125 of the most significant structures built every year through 2015. The editors, who first consulted experts in the field, write:
This was not an easy task. We started by polling a group of distinguished critics and scholars for nominations, but the final list is ours. While many inclusions are obvious, others may be surprising, or a little controversial—as are some omissions. And, we know, all 125 might not make the list at RECORD's next big birthday: time inevitably changes not only our tastes, but how we understand history.
Here’s a brief look back at the three iconic Philly-based works of architecture that made the list.
PSFS Building (1932)—Today, this historic tower serves as Loews Philadelphia Hotel, in the hub of the ongoing re-development of East Market. But when it first opened its doors in the early 1930s, the PSFS building was the country's first International-style skyscraper and touted for its early modernist form and practicality. Designed by George Howe and William Lescaze, the PSFS building is a locals' favorite, and at 30-plus stories, it boasts epic views of the city.
Vanna Venturi House (1964)—Until it sold to a local buyer earlier this year for $1.325 million, Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill had only had two owners in its history: Robert Venturi's mother and the Hugheses, another local family. It's considered the country's first post-modernism home and has named one of the 10 Homes that Changed America.
Barnes Foundation (2012)—Many were skeptical that the immense and quirky art collection of Albert C. Barnes would have the same effect after its move from the Philly suburbs to the city, but Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects’ Barnes Foundation proved them wrong. Built for $150 million, the museum has already won a slew of accolades, including a 2013 AIA Institute Honor Award.