When Baptists brought modern architecture to King of Prussia
In the ’60s and ’70s, architect Vincent G. Kling practically had a lock on big projects around Philadelphia’s City Hall. His firm designed the Municipal Services Building, Centre Square, the ill-starred One Meridian Plaza, as well as the original Love Park and Dilworth Plaza. Kling’s firm so lorded over the area other architects jokingly called it the “Klingdom.”
Thanks to his knack for winning commissions, Kling built his architecture practice into the largest firm in Pennsylvania. Yet he never achieved the renown of contemporaries like Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi, or Robert Geddes, probably because his buildings were considered too derivative and too corporate. That they were, but they could also be stylish at the same time.
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