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.
In August 1987, the 945-foot-tall One Liberty Place officially opened at 1650 Market Street as Philadelphia’s tallest skyscraper, soaring above the long-held unofficial height limit of 548 feet, set by the tower of City Hall in 1901. This remarkable skyscraper with a fantastical design ultimately led to the city gaining a new cluster of tall and massive skyscrapers that define the skyline to this day. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY explores the building’s progress from concept to reality, as well as its tenure as the city’s tallest skyscraper for 31 years.
Demolition permits have been filed for the two-story parking garage located at 123 South 12th Street, at the corner of 12th and Sansom street, where the 306-foot-tall, 25-story project called 12 + Sansom is proposed. Designed by Perkins Eastman and developed by Brickstone Realty, the broad, masonry-clad tower will extend to Moravian Street and South Jessup Street and will become the tallest building within a three block radius, filling a skyline void in Washington Square West. The development will addan 220 residential units to the rapidly growing area.
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 second-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is the W/Element Hotel, which is finishing construction at 1441 Chestnut Street in Center City, a block south of City Hall. The concrete-framed, dual branded hotel tower rises to a height of 617 feet and 52 floors making up the concrete structure of the building. Designed by Cope-Linder Architects and developed by Chestlen Development, the building’s design of jagged blue glass and the gray metal cladding was inspired by the Schuylkill River and the cliffs that run along it. The building has made a significant impact on the Center City skyline, as it joins the dominant group of 500-foot-plus towers in the Center City core.