Art Deco

1501 Fairmount Avenue. Photo by Jamie Meller. June 2024

Renovation Underway at 1501 Fairmount Avenue in Fairmount, Lower North Philadelphia

As confirmed by Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit, renovation work appears to finally be underway as part of a construction project for a four-story, 20-unit vertical addition to a prewar Art Deco commercial building at 1501 Fairmount Avenue in Fairmount, Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture, the development will add 20,558 square feet of space to the existing building, boosting the total area to 26,025 square feet. The project, which is also known under the address of 1501-05 Fairmount Avenue, will feature 5,467 square feet of commercial space, elevator service, roof decks, parking for seven bicycles, and full sprinkling. Permits list Construct Design Corp. Inc. as the contractor and a construction cost of $2.7 million.

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1501-05 Fairmount Avenue. Looking northwest. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for 20-Unit Vertical Extension at 1501-05 Fairmount Avenue in Fairmount, North Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, 20-unit vertical addition atop a prewar Art Deco commercial building situated at 1501-05 Fairmount Avenue in Fairmount, Lower North Philadelphia. The project will add 20,558 square feet of space to the existing structure, bringing the total to 26,025 square feet. Existing commercial space at the ground floor will be renovated and expanded, and seven bicycle parking spaces will be added. Permits list 1500 Fairmount LLC as the owner, Brett Harman as the design professional, and Construct Design Corp. Inc. as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $2.7 million.

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The Lewis Tower from Arthaus. Photo by Thomas Koloski

A Look At The Lewis Tower At 1425 Locust Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

Philadelphia is home to a sizable collection of intricately designed skyscrapers that were built between 1920 and 1940, which still stand out on the cityscape despite being drastically shorter than the modern towers of Center City. The east side of the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood features many towers built within that time frame, including The Lewis Tower, now known as The Aria Condos at 1425 Locust Street. The structure rises 389 feet and 33 stories tall, just one block to the north of the 375-foot-tall tower known as The Drake. The skyscraper was designed by Edmund Gilchrist, and Gravell and Hall engineered the steel structure. The Art Deco building was completed in 1929.

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East Market Phase 3. Credit: National Real Estate Development / Ennead Architects / Morris Adjmi / BLTa via CDR

In-Depth Look at East Market Phase 3, a Two-Tower Complex Underway at 1101-53 Chestnut Street in Market East, Center City

In the late 1980s, in rapid succession, a series of skyscrapers broke through the long-held “Gentlemen’s Agreement” that unofficially restricted Philadelphia’s buildings from rising above the 548-foot-tall pinnacle of City Hall, creating the now-iconic skyline of Center City. While the skyscraper cluster transformed the area to the west of City Hall, the Market East district to the east continues to lag behind in terms of an imposing skyline. However, East Market Phase 3, developed by National Real Estate Development as part of the East Market complex and currently under construction at 1101-53 Chestnut Street, will boost the local skyline with a pair of towers rising 364 and 288 feet tall. The buildings will bring one million square feet of medical office, residential, and retail space to the neighborhood, and add a sizable public plaza. Today we take a detailed look at the transformative project.

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