There is a figurine placed atop the 58 storey Comcast Centre in Philadelphia. Ironworkers reputedly placed it there in 2007. Why is it there and whose likeness does it bear?
#95521. Asked by BRY2K. (May 10 08 4:05 AM)
A statue of William Penn was placed there to remove the "Curse of Billy Penn".|
"Atop Philadelphia City Hall stands a statue of William Penn (...)Under a gentlemen's agreement no building in the city rose above this statue, up to March 1987, when a modern steel-and-glass skyscraper called One Liberty Place opened three blocks away. One Liberty Place dwarfed City Hall by 397 feet (121m), soaring 945 feet (288m) in height compared to City Hall's actual height of 547' 11-3/4" (167m) to the top of Penn's hat"
"After One Liberty Place opened, Philadelphia's franchises began a pattern of narrow, but spectacular, failures to win a conference or national championship"
"Comcast took it upon themselves to rectify what Rouse and Liberty may have offset twenty years ago, the so called Curse Of Billy Penn. Recognizing that no Philly sports team has won a championship since Liberty's One Liberty Place opened in 1987, Roberts announced that they would include a sculpture of William Penn on the beam to be placed at the highest point in the city."
Nice trivia Brian :)
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