Today Ballinger architects led a tour of Philadelphia’s historic Girard Corn Exchange building, the future headquarters of cloud hosting company Linode, for CREW Philadelphia (Commercial Real Estate Women) members. Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation, Fon Wang, AIA, LEED AP and Ballinger Associate Daniel Howard, AIA were accompanied by Linode founder and CEO, Christopher Aker, who introduced the tour by describing his attraction to the historic building and the draw of Philadelphia as a hub for tech talent.
In 2016 Ballinger was selected to renovate the three-story building, which was built in 1902 and was the Union Bank of Philadelphia and then the Girard Corn Exchange National Bank and Trust Company. Located next to the Betsy Ross House, the building is listed in the national and local register of historic places. It features colossal engaged limestone columns and a granite stoop with wood, bronze and glass sliding pocket doors.
During the tour, attendees visited the bank vault, “coupon rooms,” a boardroom, and a double-story banking hall, which will be retained and rehabilitated. As Ballinger’s Director of Historic Preservation and a life-long Philadelphian, Fon Wang expressed her passion for the project. “We’re honored to be working on a building with such rich architectural heritage. The benefits of adaptive reuse are cultural, ecological and economic. A high-tech company headquartered in a historic building is a unique union, with advantages for both Linode and Philadelphia.”