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Hale Building - Architectural Oddity


Hale Building - Architectural Oddity

This building was completed by architect Willis G. Hale in 1887. It is famous for being both gorgeous and grotesque, as it was designed with many motifs all at once. It once housed, upstairs, the Bellevue Health Spa, noted for open sexual behavior. A developer has a plan for renovating the building. This information is from Jacob Adelman's article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/18/15, at pp. A7, A8. There are a few articles about it on the Web.


Location: Hale Building , 1326 Chestnut Street , Chestnut & Juniper Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, United States
Listing Category: Architecture, Buildings, Oddities, Preservation / Protection Needed
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Created Date: 06-24-2018

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Comments : Inga Saffron, in her Philadelphia Inquirer column today at p. H14, discusses the coming renovation of this building. She points out that the sign for Druckers Bellevue Health Bath & Saunas, which became a gay bathhouse in the 1960s, is still there but will surely go, And when it does, a footnote to a strange building will be lost in the mists of time.
Date : 2015-09-07

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