Stephen Girard Building (Girard Trusts Building) detail of W façade

Title

Stephen Girard Building (Girard Trusts Building) detail of W façade
Stephen Girard Building (Girard Trusts Building), caryatids on W front

Description

The thirteen story Stephen Girard Building at Girard and 12th Streets was begun in 1896 as offices for the Board of the Stephen Girard Estates Trust. The new building was designed by James H. Windrim, a Girard College graduate. Windrim combined classical motifs, like the Ionic portico and entablature facing 12th Street and the eight caryatids flanking the entrance, with the latest "skyscraper" construction. This photograph shows the two caryatids closest to the NW corner. They are modeled closely on the caryatids supporting the roof of the S porch of the Erectheum in Athens; Windrim's caryatids, however, serve no structural function but simply fill a space created by the greater height of the first floor of his building. A few years before Windrim's design,caryatids also appeared on the façade of the 1893 Palace of the Arts housing the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Creator

Windrim, James H. (American architect, 1840-1919)

Source

Photographer: Lee T. Pearcy
Image: December 31, 2015

Date

1896

Rights

Original photograph © Lee T. Pearcy 2015. This image may be freely reproduced without permission for non-commercial educational, literary, or scientific purposes. For all other uses, request permission from Classicizing Philadelphia, classicizingphiladelphia@gmail.com. Because this image is freely available for non-commercial use, Classicizing Philadelphia disclaims any liability for any use of this image. This image has been selected and made available by an institutional user of the ARTstor Digital Library using ARTstor's software tools. ARTstor has not pre-screened or selected this image, and therefore disclaims any liability for any use of this image. Should you have any legal objection to the use of this image, please notify ARTstor's Contact for Legal Notices.
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Identifier

CP2016-007

Coverage

21 South 12th St., Philadelphia, PA

Files

12578139-P1010735.JPG

Citation

Windrim, James H. (American architect, 1840-1919), “Stephen Girard Building (Girard Trusts Building) detail of W façade,” Classicizing Philadelphia, accessed December 12, 2017, http://classicizingphiladelphia.omeka.net/items/show/199.

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