Convention Hall Before Completion

Item Info

Item No: pdch00057
Title: Convention Hall Before Completion
Historic Street Address: 3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Media Type: Glass Plate Negatives
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Image taken by Philadelphia Evening Bulletin photographer Charles T. Higgins.  Notes on the negative's envelope read:  "Convention Hall Before Completion Pictures Not Used, May 1931"

Philadelphia Convention Hall was built in 1931, an Art Deco landmark designed by architect Philip H. Johnson.  This May 1931 photograph shows an interior view of the unfinished building.  It was host to national political conventions, music concerts, speaking engagements, and sports events.  With the construction of the Spectrum (1967) and the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1993), Convention Hall became obsolete, closing in 1996 and razed in 2005.

Creation Year: 1931
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.192180
Geocode Latitude:39.947356

Creator Name: Higgins, Charles - Photographer