Originally Posted by McBane
You know I'm going to disagree we don't need more throwback towers. I've always appreciate buildings designed to their current period. This is really the key to architectural diversity. I want to see different styles and time periods.
Philadelphia is very fortunate to have dozens, hundreds really, of beautiful, old buildings from various eras. I would rather see builders add to our city's rich architectural heritage and forge new styles rather than recycle the same old. This is especially true when the throwback towers always turn out mediocre at best. The Morman tower is really the one true exception. It's a great example of how a a throwback should look like but, still, it's not adding anything new. Had they put the same resources into a modern design, I am certain it could have been something truly iconic. I hope my point isn't coming across as being overly negative or trashing the Mormon tower because I do like it.
Getting back to my original point and getting back on topic, just look at how great 500 Walnut looks next to the Penn Mutual towers. Three completely different buildings each true to their own era.
Buildings like the Mormon Tower and some of Stern's better limestone work are timeless and fit every era. I agree with you, though, that most "throwback" towers are disappointing, largely because they are poorly constructed and designed and/or use shoddy materials most of the time. Anyway, 500 Walnut is looking good! I don't love it, but it's definitely a different look and not boring. Looking forward to seeing the decks and the bottom floors come together.