2400 Market Street
|Here it is.|
In 1915, the space along the Schuylkill River between Market and Chestnut Streets was an empty lot that was itching for development. At one point in time, a plan was floated for a Convention Hall that would not only fill the space but cover the Baltimore and Ohio railroad tracks that ran through. The old Furness-designed B & O station was just across the street on Chestnut.
|Empty Lot of the Year, 1915. The old B & O Station is in the background.|
|If this was built, the Schuylkill River Trail would be much different today.|
In 1922, Gomery-Schwartz's corporation became known as the Guaranty Corporation, and the building finally got a verifiable name: The Guaranty Industrial Building. The Hudson-Essex car company did truck service and repair on the first, fourth, and fifth floors. They also got their name emblazoned on the building where the whales are now. The second floor was used as a showroom rental space, much the same purpose it has now, and the remaining floors were used by Gomery-Schwartz.
Strangely enough, when the structure became the Guaranty Industrial Building, the articles that announce it make a point of saying that the architect and construction cost was unknown. So it was even a mystery back then!!! That shit's fucked up, yo.
|Here it is in 1930.|
|A lot of people think that this is an alternate design for 30th Street Station. They are WRONG. However, B & O was owned by Pennsylvania Railroad at this point, so it was probably a non-starter.|
The mystery remains... what year was it built? Who was the architect? and What the fuck!?!?!?!
So is it correct to say that the above propsed train station could have been built opposite 30th Street Station? Talk about rail dominance.ReplyDelete
fwiw, the whale painting (by wyland) was added in 1993.ReplyDelete
IIRC on one of the historic land use maps or another it shows that the space was a Gimbels warehouse on top of everything else, too.ReplyDelete
Wasn't it also the Kennedy Center run by the Phila School District?ReplyDelete