A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has discovered that construction is now complete at a 2043 Fitzwater Street in Graduate Hospital, South Philadelphia. The building spans a footprint of 1,328 square feet and features a cellar and a roof deck, which offers panoramic views of the Center City and University City skylines. Construction costs are listed at $400,000. Permits specify James C. Woodlyn III and Victoria Woodlyn as the owners, Jared Blake as the design professional, and Made Construction LLC as the contractor.
2043 Fitzwater Street
Philadelphia’s ongoing construction surge is a major boon for the city, and occasional demolitions are needed for the city’s continued growth. However, some teardowns are rather unfortunate and unnecessary, to put it mildly, particularly when they take down a preservation-worthy edifice in apparently sound structural condition, or when the replacement offers no notable increase in scale, density, or functional use. The proposal at 2043 Fitzwater Street in Graduate Hospital, South Philadelphia, checks off on both of these concerns, where a finely ornamented, contextually appropriate, apparently well-maintained prewar townhouse is being demolished to make way for a four-story, three-unit building that will offer only a marginal boost both in scale and density.