Penn Alto Building

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Penn Alto Hotel
Penn Alto Hotel.jpg
Front of the hotel, 1989
Penn Alto Building is located in Pennsylvania
Penn Alto Building
Penn Alto Building is located in the US
Penn Alto Building
Location12th St. and 13th Ave., Altoona, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°31′1″N 78°24′9″W / 40.51694°N 78.40250°W / 40.51694; -78.40250Coordinates: 40°31′1″N 78°24′9″W / 40.51694°N 78.40250°W / 40.51694; -78.40250
Area0.4 acres (0.16 ha)
ArchitectStevens, H.L., Co.
Architectural styleRenaissance
NRHP reference #89000350[1]
Added to NRHPMay 5, 1989

The Penn Alto Building is a landmark building located in downtown Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States. The building is nine stories high and has a partial tenth floor penthouse. The name of the building remains the same, even though its usage has changed over time. The name changed from the Penn Alto Hotel to Penn Alto Apartments when it changed from strictly being a hotel to a residential hotel, which rents both apartments and hotel rooms.[2] The current name is City Hall Commons, deriving its name from its proximity to City Hall, which is just across the street.

City Hall Commons in 2014

The building was designed by the H.L. Stevens & Company and constructed in 1921 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. It is in the Downtown Altoona Historic District. Official measurements of the building conflict with each other. One measurement is as conservative as 98 feet (30 m), while another lists it as 115 feet (35 m). These variations may be due to the slight incline that the Penn Alto was built on.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Richard T. Brandt Jr. (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Penn Alto Hotel" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-03.

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