Item No: pdcp00670
Title: Drake Hotel
Historic Street Address:
1512-1514 Spruce Street
Print and Picture Collection
Located in Box: Allens Lane Art Center - Arcade Folder: Apartment Houses
Photograph taken in 1930 by official photographer from the Department of Public works. Gift of John J. L. Houston, Esq., May 1932.
"The Drake Hotel at 1512-1514 Spruce Street was built in 1929 at the very end of the 1920's building boom in Philadelphia. The architects were Ritter & Shay, who designed this romantic art deco/Spanish Baroque skyscraper. The 30-story Drake Hotel was one of the city's largest buildings when it was constructed. The brick-clad art deco building incorporates Spanish Baroque ornamentation, accented with sculpted terra-cotta decoration. Its strong silhouette with open terraces overlooking the city gives the building its distinctive profile and creates a unique appearance against the skyline. Originally built with 753 rooms for use as apartments and hotel lodging, this long narrow building has recently been renovated exclusively as apartments."
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1977 and 1995.
 Skaler, R. M., & Keels, T. H. (2008). Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. Arcadia Publishing. (p. 93).
Skaler, R. M., & Keels, T. H. (2008). Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. Arcadia Publishing. (p. 93).
Philadelphia (Pa.). Department of Public Works - Photographer
Ritter & Shay, active 1920-c.1936 - Architect