My friend, City Hall Tour Director, Greta Greenberger called me the other day and said that someone from the new Comcast building wondered if she had a statue of William Penn that they could have for the ceremony. Well she did and she would bring it to the ceremony on Monday at 11AM. She had no idea what they were going to do with it, but I have a feeling she is going to want my copy now as we received them both at the same time.
The William Penn figurine waits for a ride to the top. Myth has it that no Philadelphia sports team will win a championship as long as a building rises above the level of the William Penn statue atop City Hall. "We don't believe in the myth, but to be safe we've added the statue of Billy Penn," said Bill Hankowsky, chief executive of Liberty Property Trust, the builder. (Inky)
These first three photos are by Sarah J. Glover / Inquirer
The rest are by me. William Penn and the signed beam makes its way to the top
All month my boss was wondering when they would top off the building with the flag and a tree. I was a little confused about that tradition until I read about it in the Inquirer. "Keeping alive a centuries-old tradition - with a Philadelphia twist added - a beam was hoisted to the highest point of Comcast Center today, to applause from 975 feet below.
There was a small tree at one end of the beam, which had been signed by workers and those gathered for the ceremony, and an American flag at the other."
The old and the new. City Hall once the tallest building in Philadelphia, and it remained that way until 1986 with the building of Liberty One, and now that was topped with the Comcast Center at 975feet
Here they put it into place at the highest point of the building
Then the crane went down and picked up a basket of dignitaries who were to inspect the beam, and make sure that William Penn's hat was indeed above everything else in the City
I hope the Mayor was in it, and the wind suddenly picked up,
and it scared the crap out of him
The basket did not land on the building, it just went up and then back down
I am so glad I am not a dignitary (Also visit www.PhillyChitChat.com )Once the inspection was done they lowered it again to the ground
These first three photos are by Sarah J. Glover / Inquirer http://inquirer.philly.com/slideshows/News/070619comcast/
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