Stephen Girard Building (Girard Trusts Building) detail of W façade


The thirteen story Stephen Girard Building at Girard and 12th Streets was begun in 1896 as offices for the Board of the Stephen Girard Estates Trust. The new building was designed by James H. Windrim, a Girard College graduate. Windrim combined classical motifs, like the Ionic portico and entablature facing 12th Street and the eight caryatids flanking the entrance, with the latest "skyscraper" construction. This photograph shows the classical detailing, including egg-and-dart molding, on the pedestals supporting the Ionic columns of the 12 Street entrance portico.


Lee T. Pearcy


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21 South 12th St., Philadelphia, PA


Windrim, James H. (American architect, 1840-1919), “Stephen Girard Building (Girard Trusts Building) detail of W façade,” Classicizing Philadelphia, accessed December 18, 2018,