A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has revealed that renovation and vertical extension work has begun at 141-43 North 4th Street in Old City. Designed by Designblendz, the development will rise from a through-block site that stretches from North 4th to North Orianna streets and will involve renovation of a historic four-story, 18,160-square-foot building on 4th Street and the construction of a six-story, 19,406-square-foot addition at Orianna Street. The development will span 37,566 square feet and feature 36 residential units as well 13 off-site accessory parking spaces and ten bicycle spaces. Permits list John G. Traver Co. Inc. as the owner, Pioneer Construction and Development Corporation as the contractor, and a construction cost of $2.86 million.
The development rises from a rarefied location in the city’s historic and cultural center, just to the east of the Philadelphia Mint and a block east of the National Constitutional Center. Judging by the project elevations, the design of the new addition will be a sensitive emulation of the existing structure, with tall, paneled windows capped with lintels. Albeit somewhat ahistoric, the ground and top levels will retain the historicist aesthetic and lend the building a traditional tripartite look with a distinct base, shaft, and crown.
No signs of construction were evident at the time of our last site visit in May; since then, the project has added a construction fence and signage, and interior work now appears to be underway.