Neo-classical Revival office building of masonry construction with 100,000 square feet on four floors.
"On the west and main facade facing Strongs Avenue, the fenestration is formally recessed above rusticated foundations between twelve engaged three-story Doric columns. On the north and south facades the fenestration is formally arranged between five three-story pilasters. Two paired windows are located between the columns and pilasters on each floor. The fourth floor is windowless except on the north and east facades. Between the first and second floor the spandrels are carved stone. Between the second and third floor the spandrels are metal with Neo-classical fretwork. The fenestration of the rear and ulterior facades, on the east side of the building, combine formal and functional elements, repeating the paired window arrangement of the street facades. The sash on all facades consists of contemporary metal-and-glass units that imitate the historic two-light, double-hung sash replaced hi 1979. (1)
"The principal entrance is at the center of the west facade and is located at ground level. It rises up above the rusticated foundations to the full height of the first floor, between paired Doric columns. The surrounding jambs and lintel are stone, and form a propylaeum enriched with allegorical carving, acroterium, and scroll cresting. The most notable of these are the six bas-relief figures personifying hardware and insurance, the work of Ulysses Ricci of New York. (2) The double doors are wroughtiron-and-glass and are doubled in height by a wrought-iron-and-glass transom, designed and executed by Samuel Yellin of Philadelphia.
"The exterior is further enriched by extensive classical, allegorical and other related carvings. On the west facade the parapet wall includes scroll cresting over the central eight columns. Below the parapet the cornice soffit is ornamented by mutules and guttae. On the northern section of the west facade the name HARDWARE MUTUAL INSURANCE appears twice in the frieze, marking the original and added sections of the building. The rest of the freize includes a series of griffins, along with the seals of the United States and Canada. The seals of various states are carved in the first floor spandrels, while other symbols representative of the United States, hardware, and insurance have been carved into the foundation belt course. Stone urns and sunken planters are located between the columns on the west facade, and elaborate stone braziers, adapted to electric lighting, flank the main entrance."
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form prepared by Peter J. Adams, October 25, 1993. A link to the document is listed below in the "Sources" category.