Construction Complete at Ludlow 43 in Spruce Hill, West Philadelphia

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 202212 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has revealed that construction has been complete at Ludlow 43 at 12-14 South 43rd Street in Spruce Hill, West Philadelphia. The building rises six stories and 76 feet tall, making it one of the larger buildings in the area. The development features 18 residential units, which include eight one-bedrooms, five two-bedroom, three three-bedroom, and two four-bedroom apartments. Also featured in the development will be five parking spaces, a fitness center, and a roof deck.

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

12 South 43rd Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2022

The developer purchased the 3,877-square-foot lot at the northwest corner of South 43rd street and Ludlow Street over two years ago. The three-story rowhouse at the corner was demolished some time between late 2018 and mid 2019. Today, the structure’s exterior is mostly assembled, with work remaining on the ground floor and façade panel installation on the floors above.

The design is reflective of a common vernacular emerging on many rowhouses and low-rise apartment buildings recently built around the city. Ludlow 43 shares common design elements such as a façade of dark brick and gray panels and protruding rectangular window bays, though they’re applied on a greater scale in this project.

The building rises prominently over the surrounding area, so its upper floors and roof deck will feature sweeping skyline views of University City to the east and Center City beyond, at least until the large vacant site catty-corner to the project is eventually developed. Such development is likely as the site sits within close proximity to University City and about a 15-minute walk to both University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, with Penn Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia located slightly further to the southeast.

In recent years, University City has witnessed a development boom that continues to this day, where developments such as Schuylkill Yards will alter the skyline in the near future. Development is spilling over into adjacent neighborhoods such as Spruce Hill.

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2 Comments on "Construction Complete at Ludlow 43 in Spruce Hill, West Philadelphia"

  1. The good news is buildings of that genre won’t last very long. The bad news; that’s yet too long.

  2. TRAGIC!

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