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The Roundhouse - Philadelphia, PA - A Brutalist Building


The Roundhouse - Philadelphia, PA - A Brutalist Building

This is the police headquarters in Philly, dubbed the Roundhouse because of its shapes. It was built in 1963, designed by the firm of Geddes, Brecher, Qualls and Cunningham, who were members of the influential Phladelphia School of architecture. Its design is an example of Brutalism, the name of which comes the French term for concrete. The police will be moving out because they have run out of room. The City wants to knock it down because the land is valuable, but preservationsist are looking for a repurpose to save it. This information is from Inga Saffron's column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/15/13, at pp. D1,3.


Location: Police Administration Building , 700 Race St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States
Listing Category: Architecture, Buildings, Preservation / Protection Needed
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Created Date: 06-24-2018

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