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One Liberty Observation Deck

Philadelphia residents and visitors are now enjoying a view high above street level – 883 feet above street level, to be exact – at the city’s new One Liberty Observation Deck which opened in late 2015. The attraction embraces the city’s rich history and highlights one of its most famous sons, inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin, in a big way. 

 At the Observatory’s second floor entrance visitors first see Franklin’s giant legs and feet. When guests exit the elevator on the 57th floor, they see Franklin’s geometric bust, complete with his characteristic wire-frame spectacles. Sculpting of the head and feet required sophisticated engineering and fabrication with 3d CAD drawings to create unique shapes and realistic features. 

Wall-sized murals designed by Provost Studio tell the story of Philadelphia’s rich cultural, sports and musical heritage. Interactive kiosks offer guests the opportunity to zoom in on areas of the city and learn more about neighborhood attractions. 

The greatest challenge was presented by the existing interior elevator which was limited to how many pounds it could carry. Chicago Scenic devised a way to lessen the weight of the elevator itself by retrofitting with aluminum in place of steel doors.  We also drove the entire development process so using lightweight materials was a consideration for all fabricated and installed elements.

Philadelphia residents and visitors are now enjoying a view high above street level – 883 feet above street level, to be exact – at the city’s new One Liberty Observation Deck which opened in late 2015. The attraction embraces the city’s rich history and highlights one of its most famous sons, inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin, in a big way. 

 At the Observatory’s second floor entrance visitors first see Franklin’s giant legs and feet. When guests exit the elevator on the 57th floor, they see Franklin’s geometric bust, complete with his characteristic wire-frame spectacles. Sculpting of the head and feet required sophisticated engineering and fabrication with 3d CAD drawings to create unique shapes and realistic features. 

Wall-sized murals designed by Provost Studio tell the story of Philadelphia’s rich cultural, sports and musical heritage. Interactive kiosks offer guests the opportunity to zoom in on areas of the city and learn more about neighborhood attractions. 

The greatest challenge was presented by the existing interior elevator which was limited to how many pounds it could carry. Chicago Scenic devised a way to lessen the weight of the elevator itself by retrofitting with aluminum in place of steel doors.  We also drove the entire development process so using lightweight materials was a consideration for all fabricated and installed elements.

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