Demolition work has begun at the fire-damaged former headquarters of the famed recording company that created what came to be called “The Sound of Philadelphia.”
The Philadelphia International Records building is being torn down to make way for a 47-story hotel-luxury condominium complex. Adjacent buildings were torn down earlier.
Producers Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell are credited with having created the lush acoustics of 1960s and ’70s R&B and soul music that came to be known as the Sound of Philadelphia, working with artists such as Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle and Lou Rawls.
The offices were heavily damaged in 2010 by an arson fire. The building then primarily served as the company’s licensing arm, though it hosted tour groups and had a small gift shop.