Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dead-Ass Proposal of the Week-- January 29th

Philadelphia Federal Center

2901 Walnut Street

No surviving rendering, so here's a conjectural one transposed onto an aerial photo from its time. Original image form Google.
                 During the late 1980's/early 1990's building boom in Philadelphia, scores of office building proposals were getting built with little to no effort. West Market grew like a motherfucker and there was no end in sight. Nonetheless, the wall on development had to come down sometime, and, like 1777 JFK and the Corestates Financial Center, some proposals got their asses kicked out of existence. Unlike those two, this one, if built, would have been a massive disappointment and would have probably looked like shit. Not only that. Philadelphians were against this one the day it was proposed.
                Read more at the Philadelphia City Paper's Naked City Blog!