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Old 03-07-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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"At 548 ft (167 m), including the statue of city founder William Penn atop it, it is the world's tallest masonry building..."


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Old 03-08-2013, 12:16 AM   #2
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"brick walls up to 22 feet (6.7 m) thick".


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Old 03-08-2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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Who knew.

What I do know, is that there used to be a fantastic view from the observation deck at Billy's feet.

Closed since sometime around 9-11, if I recall, and during the subsequent refurbishment.
Not sure of the deck status now, but if it were to be open there are many buildings higher than his hat. Not that they aren't beautiful too, just sayin'.

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Edit note : Deck is opened with glass enclosure. So says Wiki.
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Incredible! Too bad they dont make them like that anymore.
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Aside from being the tallest,man it sure is a beauty !
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I've been through there a few times, pretty cool place - city sport teams will adorn ole' Billy with a team jersey whilst vying for a championship...mind you, that ain't often
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The folks of Philly and Pa. should be very proud of their Architectural and construction heritage. For a long time,even before our country was a country, Philly was the hub of Architectural and building trades prominence.


With the establishment of the Carpenters Company (not soley for carpenters)the highest trade standards were established and maintained. Long before architecture was an established field, Philly was attracting some of the greates minds in building design and construction trades.

In the great book Thomas Jefferson & Monticello (the biography of a builder) the authors points out how Jefferson tried to lure tradesmen from Philly to his "little mountain top" to build monticello.


Having said all this,it is no suprise to me that Philly has this gorgeous building !

For those interested here is a connection to the Carpenters Company...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpenters'_Hall


Hats off to you folks from Philly / Pa. !
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That looks like hats on.
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"brick walls up to 22 feet (6.7 m) thick".

I can't remember the exact thickness but Canada's Parlaiment's Peace Tower has foundation walls of a similar thickness, 6m or so. They were doing some repair and the mortar in the centre hadn't fully cured yet. 100 or so years later.

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