• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Inside Frank Furness’ hidden masterpiece

At 40th and Ludlow Streets, hidden for years underneath metal cladding, is one of Frank Furness’ earliest commissions in Philadelphia.

U3 Ventures, a West Philadelphia-based developer, purchased the building in 2017, hoping to uncover the iconic architect’s work underneath the layers of renovations.

Restoration work began in 2018. U3 Ventures took PlanPhilly on a first look tour of the building’s progress and shared details of what they found in the process.

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Kimberly Paynter, WHYY Staff

Kimberly Paynter is a staff photographer for WHYY.


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