Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has spotted construction signs and machinery at the site of Cathedral Place Phase One in Logan Square. Both indicate an imminent groundbreaking for the 245-foot-tall, 23-story tower proposed at 222 North 17th Street at the northern fringe of Center City. The building is developed by Exeter Property Group the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as part of the two-tower Cathedral Place development, which will rise next to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Phase One, located at the southeast corner of the block-spanning project, will replace a parking lot with a three story building. The structure will span 265,849 square feet and will offer a total of 273 residential units, over 3,000 square feet of retail space, and 18 underground parking spaces. The tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed many recent projects across the city.
At number one on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is Cathedral Place Phase Two, a 685-foot-tall tower planned at 1700 Vine Street in Logan Square, Center City. The skyscraper is part of Cathedral Place, a proposed redevelopment of the block-sized archdiocesan campus centered around the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, a block east of Logan Square. The development will also include a new 23-story high-rise. The taller tower will be designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, though only a general massing is available at this point. The massing model shows a bulky building with a lower section to the west, which steps up toward the tower. Our site visit has revealed no construction activity yet at the tower site, which consists of a low-rise structure and a parking lot. Both towers are being developed by Exeter Property Group.
The Philadelphia skyline continues to expand its boundaries, and a new proposal on the northern fringe of the skyline will be a major game changer. Today, YIMBY explores the most recent information on Exeter Property Group’s Cathedral Place Phase 2 at 1700 Vine Street, a high-rise that would stand directly north of the iconic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Logan Square. Massing renderings released by architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz show a bulky, 685-foot-tall tower containing a prodigious amount of office space, as well as ground floor retail and dining. The massing diagram was released earlier this year alongside the unveiling of Cathedral Place Phase 1, which is currently further along in its design.
The area around western Vine Street has been experiencing a generational wave of new construction. RAMSA’s 382-foot Alexander at 1601 Vine Street wrapped in 2018, the ten-story 2100 Hamilton Street will soon rise nearby, and last year, long after the initial announcement for the two-towered Cathedral Place project, architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz finally released renderings for Cathedral Place Phase 1, a 245-foot, 23-story high-rise at 222 North 17th Street, which would stand behind the iconic, domed Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Logan Square.
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).