Flashback Friday

Drexel’s Paul Peck Alumni Center was originally the Centennial Bank Building, designed by architect Frank Furness and built in 1876.  It is pictured here in 1963.  Directly across the street was the West Philadelphia train station, which occupied the Firestone site soon after Drexel Institute opened.  There it remained until 1931.  Drexel was a transportation-oriented campus from its beginning.

Peck Center 1963

Santander Bank Site 5.17.1931


Iron Work at Vue 32

The steel frame is being erected at Vue 32, the mixed-use development by the Radnor Property Group on the Drexel campus at 32nd & Race.  This was a tough week to be an Iron Worker or a Roofer:


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The Study at University City

The boutique hotel on the Drexel campus at the corner of 33rd & Chestnut Streets is nearly closed in.  All of the exterior panels and windows have been installed.  The ground and second floors will be enclosed soon, and interior finishes will begin.  The following photographs were taken two weeks apart:



Laboratories for Bio-Medical Engineering

Renovations are in progress on the 6th floor of Drexel’s Bossone Research Enterprise Center.  Research laboratories for Bio-Medical Engineering are in progress.  Labs are difficult to photograph because it doesn’t look like much is happening until the benches are installed.  Framing is in progress for the equipment alcoves:


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Friday Flashback

Friday seems like a good day to stroll down memory lane.  What follows is a photograph of High (Market) Street between 31st and 32nd Streets, taken in 1881, ten years before Drexel’s founding and five years after construction of the Centennial Bank Building, now the Peck Alumni Center, the second building in on the right side of the picture just below 3 o’clock:

Market & 31st 1881