Philadelphia Museum of Art: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building
Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130
Formerly the Fidelity Life Insurance Building, the Philadelphia Museum of Art bought the property and renovated it for use as an annex.
Ownership of the building passed to the Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co. and then to the City before its purchase by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The building is regarded as one of the finest Art Deco structures in Philadelphia.
During renovations in 2006 for the Art Museum, the designers added a rectangular building behind the existing 1927 structure. A glass-roofed galleria, 200 feet long and 20 feet wide, connects new and old buildings.
The building was designed by Zantzinger, Borie and Medary who also co-designed the Art Museum building across the street.
The iron gates on the front of the building include swastikas as design elements. Before World War II, the ancient symbols were often used as decoration.
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