William Lescaze, George Howe, Philadelphia Saving Fund Society, architecture, modernism, skyscrapers, International Style, William H. Jordy
American Art and Architecture | Architectural History and Criticism | Architecture
This article details the history of The Philadelphia Saving Fund Society (PSFS) building, constructed through the partnership of William Lescaze and George Howe in 1932. The author argues the building to this day remains "modern", displaying complexity and a varitey of color and materials. The building is also, the author says, the first skyscraper designed in the International Style. The author also examines the PSFS in the context of other tall buildings of the period, usually described as belonging to the Art Deco style.
Willis, Carol. "The 'Modern' Skyscraper, 1931." William Lescaze and the Rise of Modern Design in America. Spec. issue of The Courier 19.1 (1984): 29-41.