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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > Convention Hall
Convention Hall
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created by shadowbat on 3/23/2005 2:17 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 3/20/2024 3:24 PM
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 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it, it's been razed
 Physical Information
Was at 3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Owner: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    The main auditorium:
    - Impressive backstage facilities
    - Dressing rooms
    - Rigging loft

    - Exhibition hall directly beneath
    - Large basement
    - Partial sub-basement (flooded area)
    - Power / utility / mechanical rooms galore!

    - Massive attic between the auditorium ceiling and roof trusses with catwalks threading through
    - Spectacular organ loft (since dismantled)

    - Lobbies / concourses on the first level
    - Restaurant in the ground level
    - Ballroom on second level
    - Eerie looking mechanical rooms
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1930
    Closed: 1996
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    More history than you could shake a stick at.....

    Constructed in 1929-1930.

    Held the:
    - 1936 Democratic National Convention (Franklin D. Roosevelt).
    - 1940 Republican National Convention (Wendell Wilke defeated by Roosevelt).
    - In the 1948 election (y'know, when Dewey defeated Truman), the Republican (Thomas Dewey), Democrat (Harry Truman) and Progressive (Henry Wallace) parties held their nomination conventions in the same venue, which was... you guessed it!

    Commencement exercises for UPenn, Temple, Drexel, LaSalle, and Medical College of Pennsylvannia, as well as Philadelphia's public and private schools were held here.

    Bands that performed here included the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Phish, and Green Day.

    When the Pennsylvania Convention Center opened in 1993, the Philadelphia Civic Center complex was rendered obsolete and it closed shortly thereafter.

    Convention Hall itself continued to be used by the La Salle college basketball team and the Mummers as a practice space until they got the boot in 1996. Afterwards the building sat silent and empty with the power still on to make it look like it was still in use. During this time the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) took over the site with plans to build a hospital expansion on the site.

    In 2002, the producers of the TV series "Hack" chose to film in Philadelphia. As camera crews turned the streets of Center City, Convention Hall served as an impromptu soundstage. The series was cancelled in 2004.

    In November of 2004 HUP recieved approval to demolish the building along with the Commercial Museum to build a new cancer research center. Despite the efforts of the preservation group to secure a court injunction to block it, official demolition began in March, 2005 (although salvage work and asbestos removal had been going on several months prior). Demolition was completed by June, 2005.
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     Future Plans
    The Center for Advenced Medicine is currently under construction on the site (parking garage at this point).

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     Photo Galleries
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    First trips
    Wed, Mar 23rd, 2005
    posted by shadowbat
    67 pictures
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    Outside shots
    Wed, Mar 23rd, 2005
    posted by shadowbat
    30 pictures
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    In the dark
    Thu, Mar 24th, 2005
    posted by shadowbat
    29 pictures
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    Injunction denied
    Mon, Mar 28th, 2005
    posted by shadowbat
    36 pictures
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    Salvage continues
    Tue, Mar 29th, 2005
    posted by shadowbat
    25 pictures
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    The attic
    Tue, Mar 29th, 2005
    posted by shadowbat
    13 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/20/2024 3:25 PM.

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  • on Mar 20 24 at 14:59, Emperor Wang changed the following: Owner, History, Interesting Features, Future Plans
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