The PSFS Building - Lowes Philadelphia Hotel

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Client: Loews Corporation

The PSFS Building, known currently as the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, is a National Historic Landmark designed by architects William Lescaze and George Howe. Completed in 1932 at a cost of $8M, the 36-story, 557,000 SF tower originally housed the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society’s offices, as well as banking and retail space. PSFS was the nation’s first modern skyscraper designed in the “International Style”. The landmark PSFS sign atop the tower’s lower roof is comprised 27 foot-tall white letters lit in red neon, which can be seen for 20 miles. In 1948, the 258-foot communication tower located atop the upper roof was installed to relay TV and radio signals. The PSFS Building’s facade is comprised of limestone, matte buff brick, polished granite, aluminum, and stainless steel.

O’Donnell & Naccarato’s Structural Engineers performed a facade condition assessment via rope access of the PSFS Building, its roof-top communication tower, and signage taking them to a height of more than 740 feet. The assessment report that followed detailed findings and current conditions while satisfying requirements set by the City of Philadelphia’s Facade Inspection Ordinance (Bill No 090568-AAA).