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One Meridian Plaza

South Penn Square & South 15th Street
Philadelphia PA United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Finished1972
  Destroyed1999
Floor Count38
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof492 ft

Description
• Architect: Vincent Kling & Associates.

• Developers: Girard Bank, Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance.
• Constructor: R.E. Pierson Construction Company.
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• Cost: US$ 40 millions.

• On Feb. 23rd, 1991 a fire broke out on the 22nd floor, resulted in the gutting of the entire top half of this building. It severely damaged eight floors, and three firefighters lost their lives. For eight years, the building stood burnt out and boarded up waiting for a buyer.

• In 1998 demolition begun and finished in 1999, because there was no buyer. Due to its location, explosives could not be used, and the building had to be taken apart piece by piece.

• It was replaced by Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in late 2006, utilizing the existing foundation for this building. Otherwise before a major visionary project, the Center City Tower, was thought for this strategic site across from City Hall. It would have been Philadelphia's tallest building.

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