While Philadelphia did not build massive art deco skyscrapers in the 1920s, there still were buildings that were constructed with fantastic designs in Center City such as The Drake at 1512 Spruce Street. The tower rises 33 floors above ground and stands at an impressive height of 375 feet. The tower was designed by Verus Shay and Howell Lewis Shay of the architectural firm Ritter and Shay, who have designed a building with such an incredible design with a wide profile when viewed from the east and west. The north and south profile is incredibly thin, with brickwork running up to the angled and curved tops of the Art Deco and Spanish Baroque design. The structure was constructed by Murphy, Quigley Company and was completed in 1929.
A commercial permit has been issued for the 49-story tower planned at 113 South 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City has received its commercial building permits. The tower will stand one of Philadelphia’s tallest with a height of 567 feet. The building will hold 183 residential units which will be located on the fifth through 48th floors of the tower, and the fourth floor is set to hold residential amenity space. Additional tenant spaces will be on the first through third floors as well as the 49th. The tower, designed by DAS Architects & Planning and developed by Pearl Properties, will feature a green roof at the top of the structure. In total, the superstructure will hold 257,694 square feet of space. The permit shows construction costs of $25 million, but the total cost of construction is sure to be more.
The mid-century parking garage at 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, is being prepared for demolition, with the site closed to the public and machinery at the site. The garage will make way for a 27-story, 340-foot-tall tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by Southern Land Company, with Hunter Roberts Construction Group as the general contractor. The three companies are also behind The Laurel Rittenhouse Square, which is rising a few blocks to to the west. Hunter Roberts Construction Group is the general contractor. The building will feature 298 residential units, 19,600 square feet of restaurant space, 5,200 square feet of retail, and 67 underground parking spaces.
The 599-foot-tall Laurel Rittenhouse Square skyscraper at 1911 Walnut Street at Rittenhouse Square in Center City has hit another major milestone as the concrete structure has risen above the 27th floor, which will feature amenity space and a pool. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, the future 48-story tower, which rises just to the northwest of Rittenhouse Square Park, is now passing the plateau of buildings that surround the seven-acre green space. The project will include 160 rental apartments and 85 luxury condominiums as well as retail.
Permits have been issued for the consolidation of the five properties that make up the site of the 567-foot-tall, 49-story skyscraper proposed at 113-121 South 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. The façades of most of the prewar buildings at the site will be incorporated into the future tower’s base. The 183-unit building will feature balconies on most floors on the south side of the tower. The tower was designed by DAS Architecture and Planning and developed by Pearl Properties, which built the 272-foot-tall residential building called The Harper nearby at 112 South 19th Street nearly two years ago. The high-rise will stand two blocks north of Rittenhouse Square, featuring a mix of glass, metal and stone at the façade.