Excavation Underway at 702 Sansom Street on Jewelers’ Row, Center City

702 Sansom Street. Credit: SLCE Architects702 Sansom Street. Credit: SLCE Architects

Excavation is underway for a 308-foot-tall, 24-story residential tower at 702 Sansom Street in Center City. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Toll Brothers, the 85-unit project will replace six low-rise buildings on Jewelers’ Row, a notable locale in the Market East neighborhood. The building joins a number of other developments in various stages of progress along Sansom Street, including the 599-foot-tall Laurel Rittenhouse, the tallest building under construction in Philadelphia.

702 Sansom Street via SLCE Architects

The building was first unveiled back in early 2017 with a blocky design and simpler cladding. The current iteration was unveiled a year later, eliciting more positive reactions. Toll Brothers finished acquiring the necessary properties by the end of August 2019. By the middle of September, demolition had begun on one of the buildings on the plot with the rest to soon follow. All six structures were demolished by March 2020 and the excavation for the new building’s foundations has started.

The glass-clad high-rise will stand out on a stretch of the street lined with prewar brick-clad townhouses. The building’s massing incorporates a setback with a landscaped terrace about two-thirds of the way up the western elevation. A rippling chevron glass curtain wall encloses the mechanical equipment at the crown.

The anticipated completion date is currently unknown, but sometime by 2024 is possible.

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1 Comment on "Excavation Underway at 702 Sansom Street on Jewelers’ Row, Center City"

  1. The design for that neighborhood makes no sense whatsoever!

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