Facade falls from historic TV building, closing Walnut Street

Passersby point skyward to where a section of the decorative facade attached to the upper floors of The Broadcast Building, 1619 Walnut St., broke free and came tumbling to the street early this morning.

Staff Photographer Clem Murray reports:

Three sections of marble facade stone fell overnight from the top of a building that once housed KYW-TV and the studio for for the Mike Douglas Show at 1619 Walnut Street, spreading debris below and closing the street to traffic during the morning rush hour.

Each panel, measuring approximately three by six feet each, fell about 80 feet  from what is now called The Broadcast Building.

No one was injured, police said.

Traffic was detoured at 15th Street.

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