Architecture

Tiny Windows!

May 17, 2012 | by Rachel Hildebrandt

 

Photo: Rachel Hildebrandt

Although the building at the northeast corner of Broad and Dauphin Streets has lost much of its lush architectural detail, it retains one highly unusual feature: a turret roof graced by a cluster of miniature windows. The bottom three windows resemble portholes, and provide views to the northwest, southwest, and southeast. The top two resemble nothing we’ve seen, in Philadelphia or elsewhere, and are probably primarily decorative.

Dauphin Street facade, 1905. Photo: PhillyHistory

This building, now home to a Novacare Rehabilitation office and apartments, once boasted an atypical arrangement of bays, balconies, windows, and stained glass. Architecturally, it defied convention, but was not unlike the residences surrounding it, many of which had been built by (and for) Philadelphia’s newly-wealth, flamboyant industrialists.


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About the Author

Rachel Hildebrandt Rachel Hildebrandt, a graduate of PennDesign, is a native Philadelphian who is passionate about the changing city she inhabits. Before beginning her graduate studies in historic preservation with a focus on policy, Rachel obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and co-authored two books, The Philadelphia Area Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (2009) and Oak Lane, Olney, and Logan (2011). She currently works as a senior program manager at Partners for Sacred Places.

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