Aerial views WCAU-TV Radio Station

Item Info

Item No: pdch00193
Title: Aerial views WCAU-TV Radio Station
Historic Street Address: 393 City Avenue
Historic Street Address: City Line & Monument Road
Media Type: Photographic Negatives
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Image taken by Philadelphia Evening Bulletin photographer Charles T. Higgins.  Notes on the negative's envelope read:  "Dec. 1953; aerial views, WCAU-TV radio station, City Line and Monument Ave"

This December 1953 image shows an aerial view of Philadelphia's radio & television station WCAU-AM-FM-TV.  In 1952, the broadcasting station was moved from its Center City location at 1622 Arch Street, to this new facility in Bala Cynwyd, located at City Line & Monument Avenues.  The building was the first structure in the United States built specifically as a television studio.  One of distinguished Philadelphia architect George Howe's last designs, the building was a sleek, state-of-the-art glass and metal structure.  As of 2018, WCAU's operations moved back into the City, to the Comcast Center.  The vacated building was purchased in 2021, with no immediate plans for its use.

Creation Year: 1953
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.215106
Geocode Latitude:40.007210

Creator Name: Higgins, Charles - Photographer