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April 30, 2012 |  by  |  Photography  |  , , ,

 

Editor’s Note: On Friday, Ben Leech made the case for Philly’s Art Deco architecture, which he said deserves to be called one of the nation’s best, in the same league as Detroit, Los Angeles and New York. Looking at Laura Kicey’s photos of 18 Deco buildings around town, we’re inclined to agree. But please–take a look for yourself.

WCAU Building, 1618 Chestnut Street. Built in 1931

Philadelphia Museum of Art Annex, (Perelman Building), originally the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Co. building, Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues. Built in 1927, Zantzinger, Borie & Medary architect

First National Bank, 1500 Walnut Street. Built in 1928, Ritter & Shay, architects

Suburban Station, 16th and J.F.K. Boulevard. Built in 1930, Stewart Joseph, & Co., Graham, Anderson, Probst & White architects

Former auto dealership, 15th and Fairmount

Sedgewick Theater, 7133-7141 Germantown Avenue. Built in 1928, William H. Lee architect

Project H.O.M.E., 1515 Fairmount Avenue. Originally built for the National Casket Co.

City of Philadelphia Broad Street Subway Substation #7, 400 block of S. Watts Street

Market Street National Bank, 1319 Market Street. Built in 1931, Rittere & Shay, architects

Beury Building/National Bank of North Philadelphia, 3701 N Broad Street. Built in 1926, William H. Lee architect

Sun Oil Building, 1608 Walnut Street. Built in 1928-30, Tilden, Register & Pepper architects

Our Lady of Loreto, 62nd and Grays

1616 Walnut Street. Built in 1929, Tilden, Register and Pepper, architects

1616 Walnut interior. Built in 1929, Tilden, Register & Pepper, architects

WPEN Building, 2212 Walnut Street. Built in 1928, Ralph Bencker and Furness, Evans & Co. architects

1106 Chestnut Street, architect unkown

Ayer Building, 204-212 W. Washington Square. Built in 1927-1929, Ralph Bencker architect.

The Metropolitan, 117 N. 15th St.

Architect’s Building, 17th and Sansom. Built in 1920, Paul Cret architect

 

Laura S. Kicey is a photographer and artist based in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Kicey is a 1999 graduate of Kutztown University, where she studied graphic design and photography. Since 2004, her work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums across the U.S., and has been licensed by such clients as Urban Outfitters, Terrain at Styers, AMC Network, Lensbaby, Philly Weekly, and Pantone. Her photographs and digital composites can be found in several private collections and have been prominently featured in print 
publications internationally. Check out her website HERE and her Twitter feed HERE.

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  1. Thank you for this excellent gallery and insight into Philly’s great Art Deco gems hiding in plain sight!

  2. Thank you! Being a photo and history enthusiast, I appreciate the time, effort, and insight.

  3. Our examples aren’t as prominent as those in other cities but are Art Deco jewels are true beauties.

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