Philly YIMBY Reveals Concept Massings for the Blue Ivy Hotel at 122 South 11th Street in Market East, Center City

Rendering of The Blue Ivy Hotel Via Das Architects.

The Market East section of Center City is rapidly transforming with a number of developments currently proposed, notably on the 1100 block between Walnut Street and Sansom Street, where three high-rise buildings are in the works. The shortest of the trio is the 200-foot-tall, 86-unit Blue Ivy Hotel proposed at 122 South 11th Street. Designed by DAS Architects and developed by Estia Group, the structure will be located at the southwest corner of South 11th Street and Sansom Street and will rise 14 stories.

Blue Ivy Hotel with the Philadelphia skyline. Photo and model by Thomas Koloski

Blue Ivy Hotel with the Philadelphia skyline. Photo and model by Thomas Koloski

The new tower will replace three properties, with two of the existing structures at 122 and 124 South 11th Street to be demolished. Apparently, the façade of the building at 126 South 11th Street will be incorporated into the new building. The structure’s height will create a stepping-up effect between the low-rise surroundings and the two taller buildings proposed on the block, with 1101 Walnut Street, which will rise 259 feet tall, and 12 + Sansom at 123 South 12 Street, which will stand 306 feet tall.

Blue Ivy Hotel. Photo and model by Thomas Koloski

Blue Ivy Hotel. Photo and model by Thomas Koloski

The three buildings will use a mixture of stone and glass cladding, blending into the neighborhood. The Blue Ivy Hotel will stand out with a pattern of balconies on the north and east façades. The building will likely have a core flush with the south face of the slim structure.

No anticipated completion date has been announced.

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3 Comments on "Philly YIMBY Reveals Concept Massings for the Blue Ivy Hotel at 122 South 11th Street in Market East, Center City"

  1. Very few people outside of the city know it’s history and have no idea how many developers were turned away because of the illegal height limit established to keep City Hall the tallest in the city.

    Every building EAST of Broad Street still honors that height limit, just like THIS proposal.

    I find the appearance pleasing to the eye.
    I like the “stepping up” in relation to the other proposed towers.

    It’s just terrible that instead of 3 short towers, we could have one tall skyscraper instead.

  2. Image suggests balconies on the south and east facades.

  3. I have heard about the Blue Ivy Hotel yet couldn’t picture where it was going to be built. This hotel flew under the shadows for years I presume it is a by right project. It hasn’t gone over to CDR yet.

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