Isn’t quizzo the greatest? Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows who designed Penn Center‡.
To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday. Answers after the jump.
This week’s trivia question: Even though his name is no longer on the company, this Philadelphia founded what we call JPMorgan Chase today – J.Pierpont was a junior partner, but after the Philadelphian’s death, Morgan dropped the elder partner’s name.
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Answer: Anthony J. Drexel. Drexel, Morgan & Co. financed the entire US Army at one point, bankrolled the expansion of the railroads, bailed out the federal government and rescued the New York Stock Exchange. Unfortunately for Philly, Drexel, Morgan & Co. was headquartered in NYC. Fortunately for Philly, Drexel also founded the eponymous university. His niece, Katherine, is a Catholic saint (literally) who founded Xavier University of Louisiana, which is the only Roman Catholic historically black college.
‡Vincent Kling. His designs were beloved when they debuted, which goes to show you how fickle architectural opinions can be.