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Packard Philadelphia

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:07 pm
by Dave Czirr
A friend who lives in Philadelphia, Charles Glackin, just sent me some photos of the old Packard dealership at the corner of Broad & Vine; it has been revamped into luxury apartments but he tells me the lobby is very grand, perhaps it still has echos of its Packard past and some interior photos may follow soon. Many thanks, Charles.

Re: Packard Philadelphia

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:28 am
by Randy Berger
This building is SOLID inside. I used to go there once a year to test our disaster backup plans in case we lost our data center. There is a ramp in the back and you have to pick up a phone and identify yourself to be allowed to drive into the parking area. The freight elevators are used to move any conceivable load and according to the people we dealt with, there were tanks stored in the upper levels of the building during WWII. Originally the elevators and support system was there to support floors of Packards as this was a distributorship. There are massive concrete pillars about four feet in diameter. There is still a PACKARD sign on top of the building.

Re: Packard Philadelphia

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:21 am
by PACKARDAPL
Downtown conversions seem to be the trend. In St.Louis, the old Berry Packard Dealership
--after several other re-encarnations--has become a similar up-scale apartment condo.
Its called "Packard Lofts" and offers modern accomadations. The main floor still retains
much of its "Packard" appearence, now spruced up. When it opened a couple years ago our
local region hosted a Packard show there with a few on the "Showroom Floor" Occasionally
some event there will request a few Packards for display. Time has not been kind to many
of the old dealership powerhouses--and quite a few have been torn down. Anyway Packard
Lofts is a nice way to preserve just a bit more Packard history. KC

Re: Packard Philadelphia

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:58 am
by Dave Czirr
A friend who lives nearby in Philadelphia stopped by the Packard building and picked up the flyer, attached below. Though it's a small image and low resolution, if you enlarge the photo on the reverse you can get some idea of the original grandeur of the 2-story high lobby.

Re: Packard Philadelphia

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:56 am
by Dave Czirr
Another current view of the old Packard Philadelphia building, this time a side view. Building in the foreground is a parochial high school. Photo courtesy of friend Charles Glackin who lives in the neighborhood.