One Meridian Plaza was a 492-foot-tall, 38-story skyscraper that used to stand on the current site of the Residences at Ritz Carlton and the W/Element Hotel at 1416 South Penn Square in Center City, across from City Hall. The building began construction in 1968 and opened in 1972, just after the construction of the 1980’s skyscraper boom. Designed by Vincent and Kling and Associates and developed by Girard Bank and Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance, the tower was extensively damaged by a fatal fire in 1991 and demolished in 1999.
Renovation is underway at the 27-story Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Center City at 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Logan Square, Center City. Upon completion, the circular tower that stands at the corner of North 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be a residential development called The Terrace on 18th Street. The building was originally completed back in 1963 designed by Oskar Stonorov of Korman Co. as an apartment building. In the 1980s it was converted into Embassy Suites, and now Pearl Properties is transforming the building back to a 288-unit apartment structure. Exterior renderings are done by Gabe Lui Architectural Renderings and the interiors are designed by DAS Architecture.
Permits have been issued for a five-unit renovation of a historic house at 1015 Clinton Street in Washington Square West, Center City. The existing building holds a total of 4,495 square feet, a large amount of space for a single-family dwelling, so a five-unit multi-family conversion is logical. Barry Magarick and Rochelle H/W are the listed owners. Construction costs are estimated at $700,000.
A red tower crane has been erected at the Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101 Chestnut Street, which is part of the two-tower East Market Phase 3 development in Market East, Center City. Designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec and developed by Jefferson Health, the 372-foot-tall, 24-story building will stand on the east side of the block, next to the 329-foot residential high-rise at 1153 Chestnut Street that is planned as the second phase. The 712,000-square-foot tower will feature an attractive wavy glass façade with Jefferson logos at the top of the building.
Philly YIMBY’s “unbuilt” series continues with Mandeville Place, a slender, 607-foot-tall high-rise proposed at 2401 Walnut Street in Center City West in the mid-2000s. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects and developed by Bedrock Group LLC, the 43-story skyscraper would have joined an existing eight-story building to the south, which would have been converted into hotel space. A shared amenity rooftop was planned between the two structures. The tower would have featured 45 condominium units that would have offered dramatic views of the skyline.