About North American Building
The North American Building is a historic high-rise building at 121 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Designed by Philadelphia architect James H. Windrim (1840–1919), it was built in 1900 as the headquarters of the Philadelphia newspaper The North American (founded 1839). The building was commissioned by Thomas B. Wanamaker, the newspaper's publisher and son of John Wanamaker, the department store founder. At 267 feet (81.4 m) tall and 21 stories, it was then the tallest building in the city, a distinction it held only until surpassed by Philadelphia City Hall the following year.