15th Annual Preservation
Awards- Grand Jury Award
1906 Spruce Street
Wayne Spilove decided to make
improvements to his property at 1906 Spruce Street
and convert some of its apartments to condominiums,
he chose to also restore the property's historical
19th-sentury appearance, which had been "radically
modernized." The ornate brownstone entry and
original window sash had been removed circa 1960,
and much of the architectural ornament broken off
and replaced with a flat modernist facade of
polished granite panels and aluminum ribbon windows.
Project architects Campbell Thomas & Co. found
photos at the Philadelphia City Archives of 1906
Spruce Street before the modernist alterations.
Working primarily with these photographs and what
could be discerned from the remnants of the damaged
brownstone and existing masonry detailing that
remained, CTC created a new facade elevation within
the constraints of the modified, street-level entry
location, that restores much of the original
detailing of the magnificent 19th-Century facade.
The entire first level of the facade had to be
reconstructed without disturbing the upper three
floors of the masonry facade. Great care was taken
to find replacement brick that closely matched the
existing brick on the upper floors, as well as
cut-stone to match the existing trim. The sandstone
used to recreate the first floor facade trim came
from Ontario. Other restoration work included a
custom mahogany front entry door, side-lights, and
transom; reproduction wooden window sash; repairs to
the upper-floor masonry; and a historically
appropriate paint scheme.
As the job progressed, CTC's scope of work was
increased to include development of a design
treatment for the first level of the interior lobby.
CTC developed a treatment for the first level of the
interior lobby that, while somewhat more
contemporary, incorporates such traditional elements
as an oak stair with wood rail and balusters, and a
wood panel wainscot.