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Four Unique Office Spaces in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia's rich and storied history has created a wildly diverse mix of architectural styles. With commercial buildings and office environments ranging from the historic to the sleekly modern, the city has no shortage of distinctive and eye-catching building styles that boast a seemingly endless variety of floor plans and layouts.

While far from complete, the following four examples all serve to highlight some of the many commercial, academic, and government buildings that help to create the unique and distinctive personality for which Philadelphia has come to be known. Photo: TripAdvisor.com

1.) The Wanamaker Building

Constructed in 1911, the historic Wanamaker Building is the site of Philadelphia's very first department store. Known for its striking Italian Renaissance-style architecture and distinctive Grand Court, the Wanamaker Building also features a pipe organ, as well as an annual Christmas light show which make the building a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Floors four through 12 of the building are occupied by offices and the property was fully restored in the early 1990s in order to provide the building’s commercial, retail, and office workers with a more comfortable and modern work environment.

2.) The Paul Peck Alumni Center

Designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness during the latter half of The 19th century, the Paul Peck Alumni Center is a well-known local landmark that showcases some of the city's more vintage architectural style. Currently used to house both the University's alumni center as well as an art gallery, the building underwent an extensive renovation that began in 1999. The gallery itself provides functional spaces that are suitable for both commercial receptions and meeting facilities. The quirky Victorian style of the building has made it a favorite highlight for both tourists and locals alike.

3.) The Barnes FoundationBarnes photo: twbta.com

Known for its artwork collection and sprawling exterior campus, the Barnes Foundation building itself was designed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. The building's exterior arboretum contains some 2,500 species of trees, shrubs, and other woody plants, some of which are very rare and hard to find in the region. Constant upkeep, regular employment of professional resources such as lawn pest control services, and vigilant maintenance efforts all ensure that the Barnes Foundation's exterior campus is able to provide workers and visitors alike with an enjoyable and picturesque setting and environment.

4.) Cira Center

Sleekly modern, Cira Center is located just west of the Schuylkill River and provides almost thirty floors of office space. The building showcases the modern style typical of the more recent additions to Philadelphia's skyline, and the Cira Center is well known for its more than 1,500 decorative LED light fixtures which make the building a far more prominent landmark after dark. In addition to conventional office spaces, Cira Center also features a main lobby that is frequently used for wedding receptions, corporate events, and other similar functions. The unique crystal shape of Cira Center has served as a stylish addition to the city's other more historical office, retail, and commercial environments.

The City of Brotherly Love has no shortage of distinctive architectural styles and noteworthy landmarks. From the oldest and most historic buildings and locations to the newest additions that follow modern trends—such as freely mixing commercial and retail environments in order to create a more vibrant space—Philadelphia has plenty of unique office spaces and building designs that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The varied and multi-textured tapestry of the city ensures that tourists in search of new landmarks as well as businesses and other commercial organizations interested in finding a more suitable workplace environment will have plenty of options available to choose from.


Lewis Robinson is a business consultant specializing in social media marketing, CRM, and sales.  He's had the opportunity to manage his own startup businesses and currently freelances as a writer and business consultant.

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Wanamaker Building photo: tripadvisor.com

Barnes photo: twbta.com