One Liberty Place: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Mr. Fox

Philadelphia has quite a few unique buildings, but are they as unique as we think? With July 4th coming up, we looked around the world to find architectural tributes to Philadelphia's Liberty One. Apparently, our beloved height-limit killer is pretty popular. Having itself been inspired by New York's Chrysler Building, it should be no surprise that it’s been copied elsewhere.

Melli Complex in Tehran, Iran

This building is much shorter and features different colors, but it's still eerily similar. It even has a copy of the Mellon Bank Center in the background!

Edificio Cruz Blanca in Santiago, Chile

The colors are a little closer but the shape and massing of the building are a bit different.

But wait, there's more! Check out these TWO imitators from China.

Sichuan Bank of China Tower in Chengdu, China
Zhongtian International Mansion, Urumqi, China

So there you have it. Helmut Jahn, the architect for Liberty One, should be honored. Or maybe he should file suit for architectural plagiarism. Either way, do us a favor the next time you visit Tehran, Santiago, Chengdu, or Urumqi- remind everyone you meet that there’s only one place with the original design for that awesome skyscraper. Philadelphia, birthplace of Liberty. One.

-- GroJlart, philaphilia.blogspot.com