Center City

Demolition Underway at 204 South 12th Street in Washington Square West, Center City

After a series of disputes and delays, demolition work is underway at 204 South 12th Street in Washington Square West, Center City, where a 32-story residential tower is planned. Designed by Bower Lewis Tower Architects and Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners and developed by Midwood Investments and Development, the building, which was revealed just a few months ago, will consist of a concrete structure clad in glass with orange highlights. The building will include 448 rental units and three floors of for retail.

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Excavation Nearly Complete On Foundation Of 2222 Market Street in Center City

Foundation excavation is nearly complete at 2222 Market Street, where a 20-story structure will soon rise. Designed by Gensler and developed by Parkway Commercial Properties, the glass clad building with stone highlights will replace a 21,000-square-foot parking lot. The 329,100-square-foot building will stand around 300 feet tall, adding a substantial amount of floor space to Center City West.

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Philadelphia skyline from South Street Bridge. Photo by The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Illustrated History of Philadelphia’s Skyscraper Boom of 1984-1991

The Philadelphia skyline is anchored by a group of particularly tall buildings, but just 40 years ago, not a single tower rose over 548 feet, the height of the City Hall tower that was completed in 1901. An informal “gentlemen’s agreement” held towers back from rising above the limit, but no developer was successful until One Commerce Square was approved in 1984, which was soon followed by a series of even taller skyscrapers. Philly YIMBY looks at the history behind these Center City buildings, which shaped a major portion of the Philadelphia skyline as we know it today.

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