Permits Filed for a 259-Foot-Tall Tower at 1101 Walnut Street in Washington Square West, Center City

1101 Walnut Street1101 Walnut Street via Civic Design Review

Demolition and construction permits have been filed for a 259-foot-tall, 23-story tower at 1101 Walnut Street, at the junction of the Washington Square West and Market East neighborhoods in Center City. Designed by JKRP Architects and developed by ARD 1105 Walnut LLC and LD Investment Partners LLC, the L-shaped building will yield 111 residential units and 6,000 square feet of retail on the first and second floors. The site is located at the northwest corner of Walnut Street and South 11th Street across from the Jefferson University campus, and is currently occupied by a single-story Wendy’s restaurant.

The rendering reveals a slender tower with an L-shaped footprint, clad in a mix of of precast concrete, dark gray brick, and dark gray metal paneling. The main bulk of the building features floor-to-ceiling windows in an irregular pattern, giving it a lively appearance.

Despite its relatively modest height, the tower will have a significant impact upon its immediate surroundings.

1101 Walnut Street

1101 Walnut Street via Civic Design Review

Plans for the project were first unveiled in August of 2019. The last tower to significantly impact the area rose in 2017 at 1213 Walnut Street, and stands the same height as 1101 Walnut Street.

No completion date has been announced, but the building may be finished by 2022 or 2023.

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3 Comments on "Permits Filed for a 259-Foot-Tall Tower at 1101 Walnut Street in Washington Square West, Center City"

  1. Another short tower EAST of Broad Street.
    It seems that developers are honoring the Gentleman’s Agreement on the east side.

    This reminds me of the short towers on 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

    No tall buildings allowed.
    Short and swuatty.

    • Colin LeStourgeon | January 8, 2021 at 4:16 pm | Reply

      This is true, however the Durst Megadevelopment At Penn’s Landing plans to have multiple towers standing 700+ feet tall. Interesting observation though, one that I have never thought about. It’s crazy how long the agreement has seemed to last here.

      • I like you.

        You seem to be genuinely interested in Philadelphia.

        I wish Willard Rouse were alive today. He really loved the city. I saw him in person back in the mid 80’s. Very nice gentleman!

        He would have developed Penn’s Landing as well as the Schuylkill Riverwalk with beautiful development.

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