Land Title Building

D. H. Burnham and Company

A sixteen story skyscraper--views of the north side

One of the first important buildings to be designed by a non-Philadelphia architect, this early skyscraper resembles those Burnham designed in Chicago and elsewhere with the traditional tripartite structure: with a decorated two-story base, plain shaft with alternating projecting and flat windows and with vertical piers terminating in arches, and a distinct top with full cornice.


Base, north side


Addition to the south

In 1902 another somewhat taller building, also designed by Burnham (and Horace Trumbauer), was constructed to the south.

Work Consulted:
Foundation for Architecture. Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City. Second Edition. Philadelphia, Foundation for Architecture, 1994.

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