At Broad and Federal Streets, a 1920s bank and a vacant lot are being transformed into an office complex. When complete, the complex will house a branch of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare.
The project, which involves rehabilitation of the bank’s exterior and construction of a glass-clad addition, is being developed by the Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation (PSDC) and designed by Thomas Hall Architects.
We are glad that those involved opted to preserve the bank despite having no obligation to do so. Because the streetscape-enhancing bank is not on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, it is not protected from demolition.