Over the course of our publications, Philadelphia YIMBY occasionally revisits certain specific locations for a general update on the status of new development rising into the city’s ever-expanding skyline. A recent visit to the Citizens Bank Park stadium in South Philly revealed a stunning change in the Center City and University City skylines, located over three miles away. Designed by EwingCole, with Stranix Associates as the project manager, the arena was built as a replacement of the aging and problematic Veterans Stadium, and was completed on April 3, 2004, with a current capacity of 42,792 seats.
The 542-foot-tall, 47-story, 108-unit Arthaus condominium at has recently completed construction at 311 South Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City, becoming the most recent addition to the Philadelphia skyline. Replacing several prewar buildings and a parking lot, world renowned architects Kohn Pedersen Fox originally designed the tower in a different style and brand nearly a decade ago. With the revival and change of plans, the tower went from a hotel to a condo after Dranoff Properties acquired the property. The project, formerly known as the SLS International Hotel, dominates the skyline to the southeast of the main cluster of Center City skyscrapers.
As the 35th anniversary for the topping-out of One Liberty Place‘s spire was commemorated, Philadelphia YIMBY has assembled a high-quality model of the skyscraper. Located at 1650 Market Street in Center City, the tower is a milestone in the skyline and Philadelphia history as it broke free of the height limit once set by City Hall and improved the city’s image. While heavily criticized by some at the time of proposal, the office tower was eventually given the green light to stand 61 stories high and 945 feet tall. The tower and the second phase of the project was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn and developed by Willard G. Rouse III of Rouse and Associates. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY observes an accurately detailed model of One Liberty Place on the 1987 skyline massing.
On May 13, 1985, celebrations were held for the groundbreaking for the first phase of the Liberty Place complex in Center City, with another office tower, mall, and hotel under construction by February 1988. The towers, located at 1650 Market Street and 50 East 16th Street, were designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn. Originally One Liberty Place was meant to stand 915 feet, while the shorter Two Liberty Place was proposed to rise 708 feet and 48 stories tall. The project was developed by Willard G. Rouse III of Rouse and Associates, which had eventually transformed into Liberty Property Trust. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY shares revised versions of our custom-made skyline massings of the 1985 Liberty Place design.
Over the years, the Philadelphia skyline has been changing continually with new buildings being constructed. YIMBY has recreated the historical growth via multiple skyline massing models. The first model was completed back in 2019 and since then a series of models were made, going back to 1905. The newest model represents the skyline in the current year, reflecting multiple milestone additions to the cityscape. Like most models other than the 2019 model, the section of the city represented in our the three-dimensional mockup is bordered by the Schuylkill River, Cherry Street, 12th Street, and Walnut Street. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY will be observing the city construction on the 2022 massing.