1800 Market Street
Yay, a big dirty concrete wall on Market Street. Its looks like they built a huge parking garage by accident and converted the top into a hotel. Wait a minute... this is a hotel? This thing makes the Doubletree look like the Hotel Walton! What an ugly pile of shit.
As far as history goes, the site of this building isn't all that special. It once held the Fuller Bread and Cracker factory, which had its main entrance on the 18th and Ludlow corner of the site with a small entrance facing Market Street that was probably better looking than this ass-rectangle.
|18th Street side, 1899. Image from the PAB.|
Wait a minute... movie theater? There sure as shit isn't a movie theater there now... I wonder what happened to it? The hotel later became the 4-star Holiday Inn Select Center City, then, more recently, a Crowne Plaza. This last year, Sonesta Hotels took over, did some renovations, and re-opened as the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia on June 18th.
As sure as I am that the inside of the building must be pretty nice, the outside looks worse than ever. The concrete is browned-up and disgusting. The rest of the building is in the suburban office park style. What a pile of junk. I can't find any sources indicating who the architect was, but that person should be ashamed. I know it was 1972, but that's no fucking excuse. Hotels are supposed to be impressive-- not crap!! This is probably the worst-looking hotel in the city's history.
There's not much else to say about this piece of dung. A 280-foot turd. You know you're a shitty building when the single-story Jetson's-looking restaurant/ballroom space on top of the parking garage is the most interesting piece of your structure. This thing sucks.