Solomon Cordwell Buenz

The Laurel Rittenhouse from Washington Square West. Photo by Thomas Koloski

YIMBY Tours the 41st Floor at The Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

Recently, Philadelphia YIMBY went on a tour of one of the highest condominium floors at The Laurel Rittenhouse, a 48-story residential tower under construction at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Designed by Solomon Cornwell Buenz and developed by Southern Land Company, the skyscraper is nearing its final height of 599 feet, and work is expected to begin soon on the cross-braced crown. The tower will house 185 rental units in the lower portion and 64 condos in the upper section.

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Residential Floors Topped Out at The Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

The residential floors of The Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911 Walnut Street, in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Center City, have been topped out. The skyscraper now rises 48 stories into the sky, nearing its final height of 599 feet. The tower was developed by Southern Land Company and designed by Solomon Cornwell Buenz, which has also designed the 27-story tower planned at 1620 Sansom Street. The building will offer 185 rental apartments as well as 64 condominiums at the upper floors. The condo section will offer a private entrance, lobby, and elevators, as well as parking included with every condo unit. The building will feature an amenity space on the 26th floor, as well as an Equinox gym within the lower floors.

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Cathedral Place Phase 1. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Cathedral Square Phase One Takes Shape at 222 North 17th Street in Logan Square, Center City

The first phase of the Cathedral Square development is underway and rising at 222 North 17th Street in Logan Square, Center City. The building, at this time known as Cathedral Square Phase 1, will rise 245 feet and 23 stories tall. The tower is designed by Solomon Cornwell Buenz, which had also designed the Murano condominium and The Laurel Rittenhouse, which is currently under construction. The two-tower complex is being developed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Exeter Property Group, which will span much of the city block that is situated three blocks to the north of the Comcast Center.

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Combination of renderings of planned developments in the area.

Full Look At Developments In “SoNo” – Philadelphia’s Future Development Hotbed

The southern portion of Northern Liberties, situated between Center City and North Philadelphia, is located between Spring Garden Street, Interstate 95, the Vine Street Expressway, and 9th Street. The area has notoriously languished as a dead zone for years, comprised of surface lots and  industrial buildings, save for a few surviving pre-war artifacts. To the south sits one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods, Old City, where history permeates every block. To the north, the core portion of Northern Liberties also features rich history while showing a trendy and modern flare that makes it one of Philadelphia’s hottest neighborhoods. A massive amount of development has taken place in recent years in these two districts, making it even more surprising that the abysmal area between the two has remained as it has for such a long period of time.  Thanks to a collection of recent announcements for planned developments, however, this looks to be changing in a big way in the near future. With the recent flurry of announcements, Philly YIMBY makes a brief overview of the proposals.

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