1700 Market Street
|Concrete puke in the form of a building.|
This Tower of Cement Ballsacks is the result of horrible 60's-era fartchitecture. Industrial Valley Bank was one of the region's largest banks in the mid-20th Century. They were working out of offices scattered throughout the metropolitan area and needed a central office building. They decided to build it at 17th and Market, taking advantage of the new and successful Penn Center.
IVB wanted their new building to be "space age" so they called on the coolest new architects of the time, the firm of Marvin Levy Wurman. They came up with a slim tall skyscraper, but IVB rejected the fuck out of it for not being "space age" enough. They approved their second design, which was this:
|The rendering. They thought it would stay white forever. HAHAHAHA.|
|Is that Diane von Furstenberg? Probably not, just confused as to why there's a 1000-foot-tall woman inspecting the construction.|
|View from the west in the 70's. Did I mention it has a big blank concrete wall in the back?|
|Was already starting to get dirty by time the IBM building to the right was built.|
Currently, 1700 Market is a piece of shit. It was ugly in the 60's and even uglier now... it's all browned up and shit. Those super-smart motherfuckers who thought a concrete building was a good idea obviously never saw an old browned-up sidewalk and made the connection.
The building keeps changing hands between owners, which is always a bad sign. It was purchased by a Chicago developer in 2004 and was put up for sale only 7 years later. A Brooklyn investor is now into it, taking on the burden of it's 150,000 square feet of vacant office space. Good fucking luck. The only way you could improve this Rectangle of Rusty Elephant Balls is to knock it the fuck down.