The third-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is The Laurel Rittenhouse, which is rising at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, just to the northwest of Rittenhouse Square Park. The reinforced concrete structure currently stands around one-third of the way to its eventual height of 599 feet and 48 stories. The building will feature 185 rental units as well as 60 condo units at the top. The $300-million tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed many buildings around the city, and developed by the Southern Land Company, which has been trying to redevelop the site into a residential skyscraper for over a decade.
1911 Walnut Street
Philadelphia’s tallest currently under-construction building continues to rise at 1911 Walnut Street, where the Southern Land Company is erecting The Laurel Rittenhouse Square, a 599-foot-tall tower that will dramatically transform the neighborhood skyline. The 48-story tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, will add 185 rental apartments and 60 condo units. Since the last YIMBY update in early August, the skyscraper has only climbed only three levels, now reaching six stories, but progress should move faster now that the structurally challenging portion at the cantilever is nearing completion.
The city of Philadelphia has been booming recently with skyscrapers and buildings of all shapes and sizes. While most of the new buildings have been proposed and built in Center City, the skyline is extending in all directions. The skyline made its first significant leap across the Schuylkill River back in 2005 with the 437-foot, 29-story Cira Centre; now, the area boasts three towers over 400 feet all within a few blocks of one another. The district may soon add a new supertall at the site of Schuylkill Yards, as seen on SHOP Architects renderings from 2016 (though the tower has been excluded from recent renderings).
The last available parcel at Rittenhouse Square is making way for The Laurel Rittenhouse Square at 1911 Walnut Street. The 599-foot, 48-story rental and condominium tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by Southern Land Company, is one of the most exciting projects in the city with its massive height, on the rise to make a new mark on the growing skyline. It is currently the tallest building under construction in the city, with a projected height 17 feet above that of the W/Element Hotel that nears completion a few blocks east at 1441 Chestnut Street.