Arthaus Passes Halfway Point, Nearing 400 Feet on the Avenue of the Arts, Center City

Arthaus from the corner of Spruce Street and South Broad Street. Photo by Thomas Koloski

The Philadelphia skyline is continuing its two-decade-long process of extending southward, with two 500-foot-plus towers proposed south of Chestnut Street. At 311 South Broad Street in the Avenue of the Arts district, across from the Kimmel Center, Arthaus is rapidly rising with installation of rebar and concrete pours. Since the last YIMBY update in August, the tower has risen over 20 floors, currently standing at 28 stories and nearly 400 feet to the top of the core. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Dranoff Properties, the 47-story structure will eventually stand 542 feet high and yield 108 condominium units. The project was originally slated to become a 562-foot-tall hotel from SLS International until the chain withdrew its plans.

Rendering of Arthaus. Image by Dranoff Properties

Rendering of Arthaus. Image by Dranoff Properties

Arthaus when completed. Rendering from Kohn Pendersen Fox and Dranoff Properties

Arthaus joining the Philadelphia skyline from New Jersey. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus nearing 30 stories. Photo by Thomas Koloski

With rapid construction work by contractor Carson, the building has sprouted into the skyline seemingly out of nowhere, and is now visible from many parts of South Philadelphia and New Jersey. The structure will soon see a shift in the floor slab layout as the next setback will be located four floors above the current top level. The cladding, which consists of clear glass with metal mullions, now covers floors five through ten (the first six levels above the amenity floor) and has started at the 14th floor. Rebar now rises above street level at the podium on Broad Street at the north side of the tower.

Arthaus from the Walt Whitman Bridge. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus from South Street Bridge. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus (right) with the Philadelphia skyline from South Street Bridge. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus joining the Philadelphia skyline from South Philadelphia. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus and City Hall from South Philadelphia. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus from the corner of Locust Street and South Broad Street. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus from the corner of Bach Place and South Broad Street. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus cladding. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus west profile. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus from the front of The Kimmel Center. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus panorama. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus from the front of Symphony House. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus future lobby panorama. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Arthaus panorama, the podium will soon block this view. Photo by Thomas Koloski

When topped out, the building will measure 528 feet tall to the roof and 542 feet tall to the parapet. The structure was originally projected to top out around this fall, but after a pause in construction earlier this year, the topping out may be delayed until the beginning of 2021.

Similarly, the tower’s anticipated completion of May 2022, as stated at an on-site sign, may be delayed to a later date.

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2 Comments on "Arthaus Passes Halfway Point, Nearing 400 Feet on the Avenue of the Arts, Center City"

  1. Great update! Thanks for the pictures

  2. This tower is directly across the street from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; a development from the late Willard Rouse (Liberty Place, Comcast Center, Pennsylvania Convention Center, etc.)

    This building is a great tribute to a great leader, plus with its height, serves as a marker on the skyline, much in the way the PSFS building and the St. James is.

    The photos in this article illustrate how significant this tower will be on the Philadelphia Skyline.

    I like the various setbacks along the tower and the modern visual presence.

    Good job with the update! 😁👍🏼

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