Art Moderne Building By Royal Theater Designer Now for Sale
The former Big Brothers Big Sisters national headquarters at 230 N. 13th Street is for sale for $2.75 million. The building was designed by Frank Furness protege William Harold Lee, a prolific early 20th-century architect mainly known for his theater design.
Some of his movie theaters include the Anthony Wayne (Wayne, PA), the Hiway Theater (Jenkintown), and the Landis Theater (Vineland, New Jersey). Some may also remember the Astor Theater in Reading, and the Victoria Theater in Shamokin, which were demolished in 2000 and 2004 respectively.
In 1920 Lee helped renovate the Walnut Theater, and designed the interior of The Royal Theater on South Street. He has also designed buildings at Temple University, Franklin and Marshall College and was the chief architect for Eastern College (now Eastern University).