The skyline of Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, with only a few tall buildings, stands in sharp contrast to the skyscraper-heavy Center City. At 17 stories and 287 feet, the U.S. Custom House (1934) at 2nd and Chestnut Streets dwarfs many of the surrounding historic buildings in the area. The building’s base is clad in limestone with decorative aluminum details, and the art deco tower is made of red brick and limestone and culminates in an octagonal lantern. The Society Hill Towers, built in 1963 as part of a Society Hill restoration effort, include three 32-story high-rises on five acres of landscaped grounds at 2nd and Locust Streets.

The skyline of Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, with only a few tall buildings, stands in sharp contrast to the skyscraper-heavy Center City. At 17 stories and 287 feet, the U.S. Custom House (1934) at 2nd and Chestnut Streets dwarfs many of the surrounding historic buildings in the area. The building’s base is clad in limestone with decorative aluminum details, and the art deco tower is made of red brick and limestone and culminates in an octagonal lantern. The Society Hill Towers, built in 1963 as part of a Society Hill restoration effort, include three 32-story high-rises on five acres of landscaped grounds at 2nd and Locust Streets.