Demolition Begins At Sidney Hillman Medical Center

November 28, 2011 | by Ben Leech

Photo: Ben Leech

Say what you will about the Sidney Hillman Medical Center at 22nd and Chestnut, it was certainly one of a kind. Designed by Louis Magaziner and Herman Polss in 1950, the building featured rich stone facades and ribbon windows in a stepped, angled massing that evoked a Southwestern pueblo or a Mediterranean hillside. Some people saw it as a modernist gem, while others saw it as a good place for a new highrise. Demolition began this morning.

Photo: Ben Leech


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Ben Leech Ben Leech is a preservationist, architectural historian and illustrator based in Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Instagram @bentleech and support his capitalist alter-ego at Archivolt Press


  1. Rob Lybeck says:

    As a photographer, I’m thrilled to have enjoyed shooting the smooth marble and angular lines of this 50’s classic. For me, it will live on in my digital

    1. SZ says:

      I’d like to see your photos.

    2. Josh says:

      I would also love to see the photos. The Architect, Herman Polss, was my great uncle. I know very little of his work.

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