Renderings Revealed for 17-Story Building at 619 North Broad Street in Callowhill, North Philadelphia

619 North Broad Street. Credit: Varenhorst619 North Broad Street. Credit: Varenhorst

Renderings have been revealed for 619 North Broad Street, a proposed 17-story building in Callowhill, North Philadelphia. The high-rise, designed by Varenhorst Architects and revealed on its website, is planned to stand 275 feet tall and consists of a rectangular five-story podium with an L-shaped section rising above, with a spacious outdoor terrace at the setback. No permits have been filed yet.

A parking lot and a vacant single-story commercial structure currently occupy the site. The property was previously used as an auto dealership, and more recently, a daycare center. The minor structure will allow for swift demolition, accelerating the construction process. The property sits next to a prewar loft at 631 North Broad Street, which received a three-story vertical expansion in 2019.

610 North Broad Street. Rendering by Varenhorst Architects

The site sits just a few blocks north of Center City, in an area with a number of ten–20 story buildings, so the proposal would fit well within its context. The building’s setback allows for extra light and air to reach the loft to the north. Exposed white columns at the ground and setback levels provide added visual interest.

No anticipated completion date has been announced. According to Varenhorst’s website, the client is Kfa Investments, suggesting this will be a commercial structure, though no official announcement on the building’s activation has been released.

619 North Broad Street. Image by Google Earth, edit by Thomas Koloski

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