THE HALE BUILDING AT CHESTNUT & JUNIPER IS FINALLY LOSING IT’S TENANT
Hale Building (a.k.a. Lucas Building or Keystone National Bank), 1326-28 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1887, expanded 1892, altered). Now Penfield Building. The Hale Building – Juniper and Chestnut This fabulous Victorian edifice was built in the 1883 by Willis Gaylord Hale, one of the finest architects in Philadelphia in the late 19th century.
Originally born in Seneca, New York, Willis Hale moved to Philadelphia in 1876 and worked on over a hundred buildings in Philadelphia, including the magnificent Divine Lorraine, which now lies vacant on North Broad.
Unfortunately for Hale, tastes changed quickly in nineteenth century Philadelphia. By 1893, Architectural Record had denounced the Hale building as an “architectural aberration” and a “restless jumble”. Willis Hale died penniless in 1907. (SOURCE)Looks like all the talk about it being restored and put into a functional use might be true
I took these pictures Tuesday 11/2/10. According to Plan Philly it’s scheduled to become a hotel.