George Howe (1930-1932)
After the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society selected George Howe to build the company’s new headquarters in 1930, Howe successfully convinced the bank to accept his unconventional design. The result: the first International style skyscraper in the country — the 33-story PSFS Building — a true masterpiece.
The building is a striking achievement in early modernist form. From the granite-faced base of the building and the limestone covered tower above, to the interior details, which included Cartier-designed clocks and custom designed furniture, the building was a true pioneer in modernism when it was completed in 1932.
When the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society closed in 1992, the future of the National Historic Landmark was unclear. Fortunately in 1997, the Loews Corporation purchased the building, deciding to convert it into a hotel while preserving all the key features and details of the original design. Loews even chose to keep the signature rooftop PSFS sign in place.
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel now occupies the PSFS building so many of the building’s significant achievements in design are visitor accessible. In the lobby, the first floor vault was left intact while the dramatic main banking room on the second floor has been converted to an exhibition hall and ballroom. And the building’s central location two blocks from City Hall makes it an easy stop on your next visit.
NBC10, the local NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, films its weekday morning show, The 10! Show, in a first floor studio of the Loews looking out on the corner of 12th and Market Streets.
In the neighborhood
1 E. Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Hilton Garden Inn Center City
- Loews Philadelphia Hotel
- Four Points by Sheraton Center City
- Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City
- The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
- Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia–
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Museums & Attractions
10th and Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA 19107
- City Hall
- Asian Arts Initiative
- The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
- AIA Bookstore & Design Center
- Masonic Temple
- David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA
- PIFA Street Fair
- The Fabric Workshop and Museum
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Restaurants & Dining
22 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel
- Percy Street Barbecue
- Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge
- Reading Terminal Market
- Reading Terminal Market’s Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
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