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Construction on the PSFS building in Philadelphia began in 1931 under architects George Howe and William Lescaze with the design slogan, "Nothing More Modern." The building was designed in the modernist "International" style that had gained popularity in Europe. The PSFS building would be the first modern skyscraper in America to forego ornate masonry for simplicity and function.

 

The PSFS Building Collection includes images of the building's design, construction, and interiors, along with articles and promotional materials about the building. This collection is a small selection from the PSFS Collection that is open for research at the Hagley Library.

 

Image: Advertisement brochure for the PSFS Building. Click to view

 
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