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Furness - Arcade Building

Frank Furness Arcade Building Collection (242), Project, 1902

Frank Furness was a Victorian-era architect, who designed over 600 buildings in the Philadelphia area.  Furness was known for his eclectic style and use of modern technologies that influenced architects like Louis Sullvan, William Price and Robert Venturi. Among his most important surviving buildings are the University of Pennsylvania Library (now the Fisher Fine Arts Library), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and his train stations commissioned by the the Baltimore and Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania and Reading railroads.

The Arcade building, completed in 1902, was an office building adjacent to the the Broad Street Station on Market Street in Philadelphia. It featured the same red brick, stone, and terra cotta as the train station, and the two were connected via a pedestrian bridge over Market Street. It, too, eventually met the wrecking ball in 1969. 

The collection contains drawings for the Arcade Building.

For more information, please contact Heather Isbell-Schumacher, Archivist, hisbell@upenn.edu