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60ragtop
03-20-2018, 03:23 PM
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/inga_saffron/a-studebaker-showroom-returns-to-north-philadelphia-this-time-without-the-cars-20180318.html

Ran across this today. This showroom was shown not long ago in a photo on the Studebakers in Americana thread. Nice to see the Studebaker sign back and prominent on North Broad St. The writer, an architectural critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, implies that Studebaker's fortunes were in decline in the late 30's. Disagree with that--late 50's yes. Anyway, I hope you can pull up the article

StudeRich
03-20-2018, 04:05 PM
That is really cool, I wish them a lot of luck making it as much as possible like it once was, it DOES have some serious History! :!:
It is amazing that after that Giant Neon Studebaker was removed in the 70's, they were able to find it and it's now back up. :)

70Avanti2
03-20-2018, 05:51 PM
Very tastefully redone. Hope they have good luck with it. Now it just needs a Studebaker sitting in front of it.

raprice
03-20-2018, 06:16 PM
This is great. It's a nice looking building that deserves to be preserved, sign included.
Rog

rockne10
03-20-2018, 07:56 PM
Very tastefully redone. Hope they have good luck with it. Now it just needs a Studebaker sitting in front of it.I would hope and expect some members of the Jersey, Delmarva and/or Keystone Chapters will see that that happens! ;)

stupak
03-20-2018, 10:27 PM
Kudos to Mr. Blumenfeld for his efforts to restore that former Studebaker dealership building. Additional kudos for 'remaking' the large vertical Studebaker sign. It is obviously a 'copy' of the original, but well done. stupak

BRUCESTUDE
03-20-2018, 11:19 PM
Cool article, thanks for sharing!

Avantidon
03-21-2018, 08:31 AM
What a great building to restore and make viable again. Love that great sign that graced the building for 50 years.

Dan White
03-21-2018, 09:22 AM
There is also the Packard Building in Philly!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packard_Motor_Corporation_Building

60ragtop
03-21-2018, 06:00 PM
There is also the Packard Building in Philly!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packard_Motor_Corporation_Building

And it's just down the street from the Studebaker building! There's actually another Packard building in downtown Philly located at the corner of 15th and Chestnut Sts., (one of my uncles was a traffic cop there for years) but I don't think it has or had anything to do with the Packard Motor Car Co. The Studebaker building was the site of the Harry Krouse dealership and I seem (???) to remember Studes running around the Philadelphia area in the early 50s with Harry Krouse dealership ads or tags on the trunk handles

Stude Shoo-wop!
03-21-2018, 10:27 PM
History is being preserved in all of its splendor, gentlemen! This represents a recurring phenomenon in American society where more and more Studebaker memorabilia is being preserved. From Nashville to Los Angeles, I have seen this!

57pack
03-22-2018, 04:22 PM
Darn, I was just on Broad Steet the other day! Took the wife and sister-in-law to the Philly Flower Show. If I’d known about the Studebaker sign being replaced, I’d drive on up to see it.
I’m still a little bit nervous driving in the North Philly area. It was definitely “ the hood” back in the day.