Our Lady of Loreto - Church with Cross Like a Radar Antenna

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Our Lady of Loreto - Church with Cross Like a Radar Antenna
6208 Grays Ave. Kingsessing Neighborhood
Philadelphia, PA 19142
United States
39° 55' 32.7108" N, 75° 13' 41.4804" W

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Our Lady of Loreto was a Catholic parish and is now a different denomination. Our Lady of Loreto is the patron saint of flight and the streamlined moderne building was designed to celebrate the miracle of flight. The winged crest carved in sandstone above the door is nearly identical to the pins Pan Am flight crews used to wear. This information is taken from Inga Saffron's column in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/16/16, at p. H18, where it also reads, "[Architect Frank L.] Petrillo's square, somewhat stubby, belfry is strongly reminiscent of the air traffic control towers then [1938] going up in other cities. The effect is reinforced by the openwork metal cross, which suggests a radar antenna." [For another faux antenna on a roof, see the entry for the Guild House on Cyber Plaque.]

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Sat, 10/22/2016 - 14:09

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