The second phase of the 16-story Hamilton at 1500 Hamilton Street is getting close to topping out in Franklintown, Center City. Designed by Bower Lewis Thrower Architects and developed by Radnor Property Group and the Community College of Philadelphia, the steel superstructure has risen above its 147-foot, ten-story neighbor that opened last year. The two buildings sit across from the CBS 3 Eyewitness News Building a block west of North Broad Street, in a development hotspot where several major projects are currently in the works.
The Hamilton replaces a parking lot that was constructed in the 1960s for the nearby Philadelphia Inquirer Building. The complex was revealed in 2016, and excavation for phase one started in August 2017, ushering a construction process that culminated with an opening in March of 2019. Around nine months later, earthworks were observed at the site of phase two.
Both buildings share a similar exterior design, with a light gray and yellow cladding that will stand out from the nearby buildings. However, the two structures are composed of distinct shapes, where the shorter building resembles a backward letter J, while the taller tower stands as a symmetrical, U-shaped slab.
Based on the progress of phase one, the taller building may be complete by 2022.