Stationery Building Isn’t Going Anywhere

This six-story building at 1525 Chestnut is waiting for a new tenant and a new purpose, but thanks to the Philadelphia Historical Commission, it at least has a new designation. The A. Pomerantz & Co. building, designed by the Philadelphia firm Simon & Bassett, is one of 14 new sites on the city’s Register of Historic Places, added by the Commission in June. An early example of a reinforced concrete skeleton, the building was completed in 1917 for Pomerantz, a purveyor of stationery and office supplies. The company still exists and is now owned by former Phillies centerfielder Garry Maddox, its logo a mimic of the iconic sign on the façade of 1525 Chestnut. At present, tentative plans for a boutique hotel in the building are developing.
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