Exterior view of the Girard Trust Building circa 1916
Photo courtesy of PhillyHistory.org, a project of the Philadelphia Dept of Records.
Exterior Hotel View at Night
The hotel’s striking architecture blends beautifully with its neighbors in Philadelphia’s city center.
The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge
Located on the 30th floor, the hotel’s Club Lounge overlooks downtown Philadelphia and offers exclusive amenities and services.
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.
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.
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.