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Furness - Girard Trust Building

Frank Furness Girard Trust Building Collection (341), Project, 1907

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 Girard Trust Building on the corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia and was built in 1907. Furness designed the building in collaboration with Allen Evans and the New York firm  McKim, Mead and White. The building formerly served as the headquarters of Girard Bank and is now a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The collection contains drawings for the Girard Trust Building.

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