The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, commonly referred to as Penn Mutual, was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1847. It was the seventh mutual life insurance company chartered in the United States. As of 2019, it had 3,140 employees, $3.7 billion in revenue, and $36.7 billion in assets.[1][2]

Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
IndustryLife Insurance and Annuities
Founded1847; 176 years ago (1847)
HeadquartersHorsham, Pennsylvania, United States
Key people
David O'Malley, President and CEO
Revenue$3.7 billion USD (2019)
$396 million USD (2019)
Total assets$36.7 billion USD (2019)
Number of employees
3,140 (2019)
The Penn Mutual Tower (1975, left), 1931 addition (center), and 1913 headquarters building (right, hidden behind trees)
Penn Mutual entrance.

Penn Mutual is headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia.[3]

Its subsidiaries include the brokerage firm Janney Montgomery Scott (acquired in 1982), which as of 2020 had $90 billion in assets under advisement for its clients.[4][5][6][7]

In 2017, Penn Mutual settled a lawsuit against it for $110 million, in which policyholders had charged that the company had improperly withheld surplus funds, rather than distribute them as dividends.[8]


Penn Mutual's original Philadelphia headquarters was erected in 1850–51 to designs by architect Gordon Parker Cummings, at the northeast corner of Third and Dock.[9][10] The five-story building was the "first cast-iron building in Philadelphia, and one of the earliest cast-iron buildings in the nation." [9] It was razed in 1956.

In 1860 the company moved into an existing building at 921-23 Chestnut that dated from 1810.[11] In February 1889 the company moved out, temporarily, so that property could be cleared to prepare for a new edifice "to be as high as the Record cupola", the conspicuously tall Philadelphia Record tower standing immediately adjacent on Chestnut.[12] "The new building will have a front of 77 feet on Chestnut street and will be nine stories in height, with a tower 17 feet square, which will reach to a height of 175 feet."[11] The architect was Theophilus P. Chandler Jr.[13] (That 1889 building, with its subsequent additions, was ultimately destroyed and replaced by Paul Cret's Old Federal Reserve Bank Building in 1931.)

In 1916 Penn Mutual moved to an entirely new headquarters designed by Edgar Viguers Seeler, at the corner of Walnut and 6th Street. The 1916 building still stands. In 1931 the growing company built an equally boxy addition next door along Walnut, to the east, although the addition by architect Ernst J. Matthewson towered over the original with twenty stories of granite.[14]

Then in 1971–75, the company dramatically expanded its floorspace again at the same site. The architects were Mitchell/Giurgola. Their Penn Mutual Tower project encompassed a third, higher modernist glass tower, the preservation and integration of the 1916 structure and the 1931 structure, and a move further east along Walnut which incorporated another unrelated historic property—but only as a facade, a freestanding scrim.[14] That building had its own history as the Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Company Building, 508-10 Walnut Street, designed by John Haviland in 1838 originally with four stories, three bays, and the winged suns and papyrus-leaf-column decorations of Egyptian Revival. These three bays had been duplicated, and the cornice constructed, by Theophilus P. Chandler Jr. in 1902.[14] The tower won an American Institute of Architects Honor Award in 1977.[15][16]

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  1. ^ "Penn Mutual Life Insurance"
  2. ^ "Annual Report". Penn Mutual. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  3. ^ "Consumer Information for Penn Mutual (2005)". NAIC. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-06.
  4. ^ Talati, Sonia (May 5, 2017). "Janney: Growing by Poking at Giants". Barron's.
  5. ^ "About Us | Janney Montgomery Scott". Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  6. ^ "About Us | Janney Montgomery Scott". Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  7. ^ "Janney Montgomery Scott LLC"
  8. ^ "Penn Mutual Settles Insurance Surplus Fund Suit for $110M". Law360. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  9. ^ a b "Architectural Data Form" (PDF). Historic American Buildings Survey. U.S. Dept. of Interior. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Castner Scrapbook v.16, Companies 1, page 2". Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Another Big Chestnut Street Building". Philadelphia Times (via, subscription req'd). 22 February 1889. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Site for the New Penn Mutual". Philadelphia Inquirer via (sub req'd). 13 March 1889. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  13. ^ Harbeson, John. "Philadelphia's Victorian Architecture (pdf)". Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  14. ^ a b c Byard, Paul Spencer (1 January 1998). The Architecture of Additions Design and Regulation. W.W. Norton & Company. p. 108. ISBN 9780393730210. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  15. ^ Gallery, John Andrew, ed. (2004), Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City (2nd ed.), Philadelphia: Foundation for Architecture, ISBN 0962290815, p.122
  16. ^ "Penn Mutual Tower" on

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