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THE STORY BEHIND THIS HISTORIC PHILADELPHIA HOTEL

The story of The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia began in 2000, but the hotel’s building has a history that goes back more than 100 years. Originally built as the home of The Girard Trust Company between 1904 and 1908, the former bank building features an eight-story tower, rotunda and neoclassical style reflective of the era. Today, the hotel blends its classic charm with contemporary style and is a Historic District highlight.

A reproduction of the Pantheon in Rome, the rotunda was built with 9,000 tons of Georgia marble, much from Italy’s Carerra quarry where marble was mined for use in Michelangelo’s statue of “David.”

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An eight-story tower was added in 1923, and in 1931 it was wrapped in steel and marble to reach a height of 30 stories. This building housed the bank offices and board rooms. Our hotel’s Club Lounge was once the Executive Board Room of Girard Trust.

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Stairs lead to what is now our Grand Ballroom. Built for ladies to make their “grand entrance” into the vault to retrieve their jewels for weekend social events, the stairs are now warped on one side but no less impressive.

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In 2016, our hotel in Philadelphia’s historic district completed a $25-million redesign including new guest rooms and suites, meeting and event spaces, bar and restaurant and a Club Lounge.

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