June 16, 2018

Amazing Found Photos That Show Construction Process of the Pennsylvania Power and Light Building in the 1920s

Built from 1926 to 1928, The PPL Building, formerly the Pennsylvania Power and Light Building, is a 24-story, 98 m (322 ft) skyscraper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is the tallest building in the city, and the second tallest in the Lehigh Valley after Bethlehem's Martin Tower.

The PPL Building serves as the headquarters for PPL Corporation, the main electric utility for the Lehigh Valley. It is often uniquely illuminated at night, especially during the Christmas season.

Here below is a found photo collection from Thomas Grim that shows the construction process of the PPL Building from 1926 to 1928.

Construction area of the PPL Building, January 29, 1926

Construction area of the PPL Building, January 29, 1926

Construction area of the PPL Building, February 16, 1926

Construction area of the PPL Building, February 16, 1926

 Before the excavating began, April 5, 1926

Demolishing the old building to clear the site, 1926

Construction area of the PPL Building, October 23, 1926

Doing the load test using bags of sand for the weight, October 23, 1926

Using a steam shovel to excavate, October 23, 1926

Excavating the site at 9th and Hamilton Streets, November 6, 1926

Construction area of the PPL Building, May 16, 1927

Morris Black Co. Delivering first load of lathe using a Mack Truck, July 21, 1927

Installing curbs and sidewalks, March 8, 1928






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