21 North Juniper Street
|Take notes, motherfuckers. This is how you do it!|
In the start of the 1920's, the horrendously corrupt city government was growing to such an immense size that it started to exceed the bounds of Philadelphia's City Hall. Just to put that into perspective, this city government was so swollen with corruption by 1920 that the largest municipal building in America with it's 695 rooms was too fucking small for it. They needed a brand new 15-storey building and they needed it now... they couldn't wait 30 years for it like the last time.
They called up city architect/Ed Bacon of the 20's Phillip H. Johnson.
|Phillip H. Johnson shortly after his 2nd Rite of Ascension.|
Work begun on it in 1926.
|Under construction on October 21, 1926. Check out the Bulletin Building on the left.|
|Phase One nearly complete. Begin Phase Two!|
|The 13th Street side looking dirty as shit in 1965.|
|Central air conditioner being installed in 1966.|
Finally in 1997 Marriott came along and was like "Hmm... great location, windows on all sides, new convention center nearby... SCOOOOOOORE!!!". They converted it to a hotel over a long 2 year boondoggle of construction. The design flaw in the windows was fixed and history geeks bothered the fuck out of them over every detail. The awning over the door became a source of massive controversy. The hotel opened as the Courtyard Marriott Philadelphia in 1999 to great fanfare.
|The new awning is not awesome.|