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“They don’t build them like that anymore….”

November 1, 2012

Ah, it’s an oft-heard phrase — “they don’t build ’em like that anymore” when you ogle a wedding cake of a building like Philadelphia’s City Hall (built 1871-1901, architect John McArthur, Jr. deemed too expensive to tear down), or the gargoyle-encrusted Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania (built 1888-1890, architect Frank Furness).

Because it’s Halloween, I’m letting those beasties run amok here for your enjoyment.  (Go ahead, say it: “They just don’t build them like that anymore….” Can you believe they were going to tear this building down?  I think its interior spaces are among my all-time favorites.)

2 Comments leave one →
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    November 1, 2012 1:12 pm

    We should always look upward in a neighborhood of old buildings to see the artistry of the builders. Too many buildings have been razed to make room for the new monstrosities.

  2. Paula Sagerman permalink
    February 3, 2013 2:45 pm

    I was lucky to go to Penn right after what we called the Furness Library had just been restored. It is really special, and was inspirational to this historic preservation student.

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