A 1938 beaux-art work of Arch. Fernando Ocampo, Calvo building was one of the most prestigious business addresses of its time. It is also the only building along Escolta which edifice is pushed back, all for the tranvia (electric tram line) flagstop that was situated in front.
Owned by realtor, Doña Emiliana Mortera vda. De Calvo, this is where Uncle Bob Stewart started the Republic Broadcasting System, which is now DZBB/GMA. Other tenants included the Bank of Commerce and Lissar Commercial on the ground floor, the Aquino Lichauco Law Offices on the second floor, and the offices of Araneta & Co. on the third floor. The Calvo Building also housed Luisa & Son, a Pre-War soda fountain frequented by Manila’s high society. During the Post-War years, a fourth floor was added to the three-storey edifice.
Today, the Calvo Building hosts the Escolta Museum and The Art District gallery. It also boasts the still-operational manual Otis elevator, a rarity in this generation.
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