Three of 12 letters removed from PNB building

A helicopter hovered over the building on Sunday but only managed to remove three of the 12 letters on the PNB building. Credit: Paige Ozaroski/METRO A helicopter hovered over the building on Sunday but only managed to remove three of the 12 letters on the PNB building. Credit: Paige Ozaroski/METRO

 

On Sunday morning, the Philadelphia skyline changed just a bit.

 

One South Broad, the 28-story building which in the 1950s was home to Philadelphia National Bank, boasts 12 huge PNB letters total on all four sides. Now, three of those letters are down.

 

The building was sold this year and in July, the new owners commissioned the letters' removal. However, reports say all 12 16-foot letters were to come down on Sunday. But shortly after noon, when the work was supposed to be finished, only three came down.

 

Hundreds of people stopped to watch and snap pics of the helicopter, which could be heard for blocks, dangle the letters in the air after removing them from the spot above the 17-ton Founder's Bell.

According to Wikipedia, seven floors of the building was occupied by the Wanamaker's Men's Store until PNB moved in. CoreStates, First Union Corp. and Wachovia were all located there over the years. Now, it's home to Wells Fargo.

 
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