Center City

Comcast Technology Center. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Revising Construction of the Comcast Technology Center Before it Topped Out

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.

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113-121 South 19th Street. Credit: Pearl Properties/DAS Architecture

Possible Height Change Revealed for 113-121 South 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

Recently published permits reveal that another height change is possible for 113-121 South 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. The permit states that the building will now stand 52 stories, meaning it will likely have a height above 600 feet. Designed by DAS Architecture and Partners, the 267,874 square-foot tower will have 215 residential units and 30,180 square feet of commercial space. The design will feature slender profile and will be clad in light and dark and light shades. The building was developed by Pearl Properties, which was also behind The Harper located nearby.

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Independence Blue Cross Tower roof. Photo by Thomas Koloski

A Look Back at the Former Lighting Scheme at the Independence Blue Cross Tower

The Independence Blue Cross Tower was Philadelphia’s third skyscraper to breech the former 548-foot height limit of the Gentleman’s Agreement. The tower stands at 1901 Market Street, on the north side of the street, and features a slightly darker shade of glass than One Liberty Place and an interesting design that included lighting highlighting the structure. Designed by WZMH Architects, which also designed the CN Tower in Canada, he tower rises 45 stories above the ground with a total height of 625 feet. In over the first ten years after the building’s completion, the tower was lit up in the night time skyline with blue and gold strips of light.

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The Blue Ivy Hotel at 122 South 11th Street. Rendering credit: DAS Architects

Permits Issued for Blue Ivy Hotel at 122 South 11th Street in Marker East, Center City

Permits have been issued for the construction of the 14-story Blue Ivy Hotel at 122 South 11th Street in Center City. Designed by DAS Architects and developed by the Estia Group, the hotel will offer 86 hotel rooms on the third through fourteenth floors. Restaurant space will be situated on the first and second floors. The tower will total 51,181 square feet of space. Permits list construction costs at $21.1 million.

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