Council Chambers

At the time of its construction in the late 1800s, Philadelphia’s City Hall was both the world’s largest and tallest municipal building. Built as a testament to the success and aspirations of the City, the Victorian era structure is a grand example of the Second Empire style, with elaborate ornamentation both inside and out. One of the finest examples of that ornamentation is found in the City Council Chambers, with its fine plaster moldings and rich color scheme. However, a plumbing leak in an upper floor had badly damaged the plaster and decorative paint.

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Sukari Keetin
Linode Headquarters

When the technology company Linode purchased 249 Arch Street for its national headquarters, the building had already had several lives. Built in 1907 and expanded to twice its original size in 1921, the property has housed several banks including Corn Exchange National Bank and Girard Trust. In 1974, the place was acquired by Seamen’s Church Institute, and later was leased to MTV’s Real World Philadelphia for use as the set for the series’ 2004 season. After all that, the exquisite Beaux Arts architectural detailing required extensive repair to restore it to its original glory.

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Sukari Keetin