Two weeks ago, Philadelphia YIMBY has announced the topping-out of The Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, with the Harman Group as the structural engineer, the building now stands 599 feet and 48 stories tall, making it the ninth-tallest skyscraper in Philadelphia and the tallest residential building in Center City. The all-residential building (the tallest of the kind on the city) will offer 185 rental units and 64 luxury condominiums. Today we share some new photos from the topping-out ceremony.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a 46-unit complex at 207-11 Vine Street in the Old City section of Center City. Designed by CANNOdesign, the development’s centerpiece will be a six-story building located at 211 Vine Street that will span 61,694 square feet. The project will also involve the construction of two new townhouses, located at 207A and 207B and 209 Vine Street, a multi-family renovation of a historic prewar house at 209 Vine Street, and the addition of 18 parking spaces to the site.
A parking garage has been demolished at 316-20 South 11th Street in Washington Square West, Center City, the site of a future townhouse development. When completed, the structure will add nine new townhomes to the site, each standing four stories tall. The buildings will feature stately exteriors with what appears to be a very high standard of brickwork and a molding band running above the second floor and an elaborate cornice situated at the parapet. The tan brick façade will feature large, attractive windows with grid-shaped frames. Each home will have access to an off-street parking garage via a covered drive aisle.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a pair of single-family houses at 2608 Pine Street and 2610 Pine Street in Fitler Square, Center City. The buildings will replace two attractive, well-preserved prewar rowhouses, which are part of an intact ensemble that spans the entire block. Each building will feature a roof deck. Permits list Judith M. Crossan Sanicky and William M. Sanicky as owners for the building planned at number 2608, which will span a footprint of 768 square feet, and Margaret Connor Porter and Scott. T Porter for its neighbor at number 2610, which will rise from a footprint measuring 910 square feet.
Since 1987, when the unofficial “Gentlemen’s Agreement” that advised against building taller than City Hall was eliminated, multiple high-rises that stand well over 500 feet tall have dramatically changed the profile of Center City. The Comcast Technology Center had first joined the skyline at the very end of 2015, and now makes an incredible impact with its height of 1,121 feet and 60 stories as the tallest skyscraper in the city. Designed by Foster and Partners and developed by Liberty Property Trust, the building stands at 1800 Arch Street and houses Comcast corporate offices along with a Four Seasons hotel. In this publication, Philadelphia YIMBY looks back at the Comcast Technology Center before it topped out.