The renovation of the Philadelphia Inquirer Building is an effort to help mark and promote the City of Philadelphia as the safest, most sustainable and most efficient City in the US. To make the PPD more accessible to the City that it serves, the Police Department Headquarters, Police Districts 6 and 9, Medical Examiner’s Office, and 911 Call Center were relocated and consolidated into this building, which is a National Landmark.
Full renovations include a police detention center, police and fire call center, medical examiner labs and morgue, and department offices. Restoration of the building façade consists of terra cotta blocks- many of which are decorative elements. Preservation design highlights include retaining double height interior spaces and restoration of the Broad Street lobby, bronze storefront windows, original light fixtures, tower façade, clock tower and bells, and cupola.
This “white tower”, situated in Callowhill neighborhood, returns a vacant building to life serving neighboring communities, and providing a link between the recently opened RailPark on the east side of Broad St. and the existing abandoned rail cut west of Broad.