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Philadelphia City Hall Security Enhancements

Philadelphia, PA
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Project Details

BKP helped the city construct a wheelchair ramp for the disabled, a cinder block structure at the northeast corner of the City Hall, which will feed into the new security entrance.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer describes it: the 24-foot-long ramp, which was more than two years in the making, was meticulously designed by Joseph Powell of Buell Kratzer Powell “to look as if it were something that had always been there.” The cinder blocks will be faced in three-inch-thick panels of rusticated granite that were selected from a Quebec quarry to match the stone at the base of City Hall. Although the individual sections are not the exact dimensions of City Hall’s stones, they have been sized in a proportional relationship to the originals.


What’s behind (or, in front of) City Hall’s concrete adddition

  • Client

    The City of Philadelphia

  • Cost

    $7.5 million

  • Size

    630,000 SF

Renderings © BKP Architects P.C.