Top 10 Tallest High-Rises Proposed in Philadelphia as of 2022

Two Cathedral Square in the Philadelphia skyline from the Museum of Art. Photo and model by Thomas KoloskiTwo Cathedral Square in the Philadelphia skyline from the Museum of Art. Photo and model by Thomas Koloski

Yesterday, Philadelphia YIMBY published a list of the ten tallest buildings currently under construction throughout the city. Today, our encore looks at the top ten tallest proposals that are on the drawing boards for the City of Brotherly Love. Of these, six are located in Center City, three in University City in West Philadelphia, and one more in Poplar in Lower North Philadelphia. The list includes buildings ranging from those where construction is all but assured to projects with a rather uncertain status. Excluded are buildings that are evidently in purely conceptual stages, such as the various supertalls tentatively planned in University City. But regardless of status and actual likelihood of proximate construction, we hope to see all the projects below to move into the construction phase some time this year.


#1: Harper Square

113-21 South 19th StreetRittenhouse Square, Center City

Harper Square. Image via centercityphila.org

Harper Square. Image via centercityphila.org

Height: 620 feet
Floors: 52
Primary use: Residential (215 units)
Floor area: 267,874 square feet
Architect: DAS Architecture and Planning
Developer: Pearl Properties
Current status: Proposed (design stage)

Harper Square looking southeast. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Harper Square looking southeast. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Recent site condition

113-21 South 19th Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021

113-21 South 19th Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021


#2: 1826 Chestnut Street

Rittenhouse Square, Center City

1826 Chestnut Street. Looking southeast. Credit: Goodman Properties

1826 Chestnut Street. Looking southeast. Credit: Goodman Properties

Height: approx. 550 feet
Floors: approx. 42
Primary use: N/A (presumably residential)
Floor area: N/A (likely approx. 250,000 to 275,000 square feet)
Architect: N/A
Developer: Goodman Properties (presumed)
Current status: Proposed (tentative; exact status unknown)

Recent site condition

1826 Chestnut Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021

1826 Chestnut Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021


#3: Schuylkill Yards East

3001 John F. Kennedy BoulevardUniversity City, West Philadelphia

3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard (center) via Brandywine Realty Trust and Practice for Architecture and Urbanism

3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard (center) via Brandywine Realty Trust and Practice for Architecture and Urbanism

Height: 513 feet
Floors: 34
Primary use: Office
Floor area: 930,000 square feet
Architect: Practice for Architecture and Urbanism
Developer: Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University
Current status: Proposed (site cleared, awaiting permits)

Recent site condition

3001 John F Kennedy Boulevard. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021.

3001 John F Kennedy Boulevard. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021.


#4: Two Cathedral Square

227 North 18th StreetLogan Square, Center City

Two Cathedral Square at 227 North 18th Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Two Cathedral Square at 227 North 18th Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Height: 470 feet
Floors: 34
Primary use: Office, Residential
Floor area: 700,000 square feet (450,000 office, 250,000 residential)
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Developer: EQT Exeter, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Current status: Proposed (design, marketing stage)

Recent site condition

1700 Vine Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021

1700 Vine Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021


#5: 1301 Market Street

Market East, Center City

1301 Market Street via Skidmore Owings & Merrill

1301 Market Street via Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Height: 460 feet
Floors: 32
Primary use: Office
Floor area: 700,000+ square feet
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Developer: Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corporation
Current status: Proposed (no permits filed)

Recent site condition

1301 Market Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021.

1301 Market Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021.


#6: 3401 Civic Center Boulevard

University City, West Philadelphia

3401 Civic Center Boulevard. Credit: ZGF Architects / Ballinger

3401 Civic Center Boulevard. Credit: ZGF Architects / Ballinger

Height: 380 feet
Floors: 22
Primary use: Medical
Architect: ZGF Architects, Ballinger
Developer: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Current status: Proposed


#7: 204 South 12th Street

Washington Square West, Center City

Rendering of 204 South 12th Street. Credit: BLT Architects.

Rendering of 204 South 12th Street. Credit: BLT Architects.

Height: 366 feet
Floors: 32
Primary use: Residential (378 rental units)
Floor area: 401,870 square feet
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (with BLT Architects as the architect of record)
Developer: Midwood Investment & Development
Current status: Proposed (site cleared, permits filed)

Recent site condition

204 South 12th Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021.

204 South 12th Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2021.


#8: Mural West

523 North Broad Street, Poplar, North Philadelphia

Mural West rendering via Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Mural West rendering via Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Height: 363 feet
Floors: 29
Primary use: Residential
Architect: Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Developer: Precision Realty Group
Current status: Proposed (no permits filed)

Recent site condition

Mural West site looking east. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Mural West site looking east. Photo by Thomas Koloski


#9: Roberts Center For Pediatric Research Phase Three

CHOP Roberts Center (left) and 730 Schuylkill Avenue (right). Image by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

CHOP Roberts Center (left) and 730 Schuylkill Avenue (right). Image by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

730 Schuylkill AvenueGraduate HospitalSouth Philadelphia

Height: 350 feet
Floors: 21
Primary use: Medical
Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (presumed)
Developer: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Current status: Proposed (no permits filed)

Recent site condition

734 Schuylkill Avenue. December 2021. Photo by Jamie Meller

734 Schuylkill Avenue. December 2021. Photo by Jamie Meller


#10: 21M

2100 Market StreetCenter City West

21M at 2100 Market Street; rendering as seen from the corner of Market Street and North 22nd Street. Credit: Brandywine Realty Trust

21M at 2100 Market Street; rendering as seen from the corner of Market Street and North 22nd Street. Credit: Brandywine Realty Trust

Height: 350 feet
Floors: 23
Primary use: Residential, retail
Floor area: 535,245 square feet
Architect: Edry McHenry Architects
Developer: Brandywine Realty Trust
Current status: Proposed (no permits filed)

21M rendering via Center City Residents Association

21M rendering via Center City Residents Association

Recent site condition

2100 Market Street. December 2021. Photo by Jamie Meller

2100 Market Street. December 2021. Photo by Jamie Meller

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7 Comments on "Top 10 Tallest High-Rises Proposed in Philadelphia as of 2022"

  1. again again again 21m JUSt saY NO!

    • Zakary Petroski | January 24, 2022 at 6:21 am | Reply

      All nice buildings.That would be great if 6 or 7 of them would be built. Would make Center City that much nicer.

  2. Susan Mandeville | January 23, 2022 at 5:49 pm | Reply

    21M is too bizarre! That should not be built! PLEASE!

  3. Zakary Petroski | January 24, 2022 at 6:27 am | Reply

    Yes, I forgot about that awkward building !!I agree please do not build that !!!! It looks like a robot.

    • Anything built by Chop/UPenn is guaranteed to be built. Others are predetermined by signings of customers who take space and bank releases construction funds when they have confidence the building will be fully leased

  4. The pandemic is playing a role in determining which office building gets built as people are working from home until further notice. 1301 Market Street could be a site for a hotel if the city and state let Convention Hall open without any conditions. If not a hotel, it could be built asapartments/condos.

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