Video: The PSFS Building, Philadelphia Fifty-year Timeless Award Recipient

During the 2019 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards, held in November 2019, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building (PSFS) was recognized for its unique ability to stand the test of time resonating with the design community and the public alike. 

PSFS was famous even before it opened to the public in the summer of1932. That spring, it had been one of few American buildings to be featured in the Museum of Modern Art's "Modern Architecture" exhibition, the show that literally defined the international style. The curators, Henry Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson said that the PSFS building was the only big American building that deserved to be discussed in the same terms as the work of the leading European architects.

Click the image below to watch a brief video about the history of PSFS:


Written and narrated by David B. Brownlee and filmed and edited by John M. White.

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