Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 2005 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 57.12′ N, 75° 9.622′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Market Street near North 12th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Market St., Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ricketts Circus (within shouting distance of this marker); Reading Terminal and Market (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wanamaker (1838-1922) (about 500 feet away); Motherís Day (about 600 feet away); Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-1887) (about 700 feet away); Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler (about 700 feet away); John Wanamaker (about 700 feet away); Philadelphia Fire Department Memorial (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . .
1. PSFS Building. (Submitted on June 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. PSFS Building - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
1. The PSFS Building:
The PSFS Building was built for the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society. It was completed in 1932, and was considered to be one of the most important skyscrapers built in the country in the first half of the 20th century. It was called the United States' first modern skyscraper, and it was the world's first skyscraper built in the International Style. It was designed by architects William Lescaze of Switzerland and George Howe of Philadelphia. Their design was a departure from traditional bank and Philadelphia architecture, lacking features such as domes and ornamentation. The building featured an innovative and effective design of a T-shaped tower that allowed the maximum amount of natural light and rentable space. The skyscraper is topped by a red neon sign with the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society's initials (PSFS) on it. The sign has become a Philadelphia icon, and can be seen up to 20 miles away.
— Submitted January 22, 2012, by Keith
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,074 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 22, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.