Historic preservation

3926 Haverford Avenue. Photo by Jamie Meller. October 2022

Renovation Complete at 3926 Haverford Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia

As seen in a recent site visit by Philly YIMBY, renovation and expansion has been completed at a three-story prewar rowhouse at 3926 Haverford Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia. The development stands at the south side of the block between North 39th Street and Lancaster Avenue. With Haverford Square Designs as the renovation architect, the 3,000-square-foot building gained an additional 1,200 square feet via a rear expansion, and now houses six residential units. Permits list Haverford Sq GC LLC as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $45,000.

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1501 Fairmount Avenue. Photo by Jamie Meller. April 2022

Construction and Vertical Extension Anticipated at 1501 Fairmount Avenue in Fairmount, Lower North Philadelphia

Last September, Philly YIMBY reported that permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story-story, 20-unit addition and vertical addition to a prewar Art Deco commercial building at 1501 Fairmount Avenue in Fairmount, Lower North Philadelphia. More than half a year later, our visit revealed no construction progress at the development. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture, the development will add 20,558 square feet of space to the existing building, boosting the total area to 26,025 square feet. The project, which is also known under the address of 1501-05 Fairmount Avenue, will feature 5,467 square feet of commercial space, elevator service, roof decks, parking for seven bicycles, and full sprinkling. Permits list Construct Design Corp. Inc. as the contractor and a construction cost of $2.7 million.

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107 Chestnut Street (center). Looking northwest. Credit: Google

Despite Requirement to Rebuild, Site Sits Vacant and Paved-Over After Demolition of Historic Building at 107 Chestnut Street in Old City

In August 2020, Philadelphia YIMBY reported that permits were filed for the demolition of a historically designated four-story building at 107 Chestnut Street in the Old City Historic District in Center City, half a block away from Penn’s Landing. The structure was built in 1840, at a time when the neighborhood bustled with maritime commercial activity, and was one of the last remaining buildings on the street’s old mercantile row. The Philadelphia Historical Commission approved the demolition after engineering experts declared the structure unsafe yet required that the owner rebuild the historic edifice in its original form within a year. However, YIMBY’s recent site visit reveals that the structure’s former site still sits cleared and paved over with no signs of new construction, perched next to its lone prewar neighbor that stands surrounded by a parking lot.

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Rendering of 1810 Chestnut Street. Credit: Cecil Baker + Partners.

Permits Issued for Freeman’s Auction House Overbuild at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

Permits have been issued for a multi-family overbuild above the historic Freeman’s Auction House, located at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse SquareCenter City. Designed by Cecil Baker + Partners, the new tower will add 19 stories above the existing Auction House, bringing the total height to 25 stories, which is certainly not the greatest height in the area, but will still make a large impact from the street. There will be 19 residential units within the he new addition, each a luxury condominium, with several taking up an entire floor. The existing auction house will be restored as commercial space. An underground garage will hold space for seven parking spaces, and there will also be nine bicycle spaces, as well. An additional four bike spaces will be included with the project along Chestnut Street on a new bike rack. A green roof will be situated at the top of the tower.

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7208-10 Germantown Avenue. Credit: Bright Common Architecture & Design

Permits Issued for Prewar Building Renovation and Expansion at 7208-10 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Northwest Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for a mixed-use renovation and addition to an existing building at 7208-10 Germantown Avenue in Mount AiryNorthwest Philadelphia. Designed by Bright Common Architecture & Design, the project will see the existing three-story building receive a two-story overbuild, as well as an adjacent five-story addition at the rear. The renovated development will span 21,423 square feet of interior space and feature commercial space on the ground floor facing Germantown Avenue, as well as 19 rental apartments situated above. The development will include parking for seven bicycles. Construction costs are listed at $2.1 million.

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