Philadelphia 1905 and 2020 south elevation. Photo by Thomas Koloski

YIMBY Presents a Massing Animation of the Philadelphia Skyline from 1905 to 2020

Over the past few months, YIMBY has published multiple features on how the Philadelphia skyline grew over the years via custom-made three dimensional projections. In the past decade, numerous buildings have risen around Center City and beyond. Most of these have been constructed near City Hall and along Market Street, close to the main skyline core. Today we present animations of how the city skyline grew in a 115-year time span from 1905 to 2020.

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Rendering of 901 Leland Street. Credit: Hightop Real Estate.

Rendering Revealed as Construction Begins at 901 Leland Street in Francisville, North Philadelphia

A rendering has been revealed for the 50-unit residential development at 901 Leland Streetin FrancisvilleNorth Philadelphia, where construction work has recently started. Designed by Hightop Real Estate and Development, the building will rise six stories tall and will feature commercial space will be located on the ground floor. In total, the building will hold 46,792 square feet of space, and cost an estimated $5 million to build. YIMBY last covered the project in September 2020, when permits were filed for the demolition of the prewar warehouse that had previously stood at the property.

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Rendering of 1103 South 47th Street. Credit: Desigmblendz.

Permits Issued for 15-Unit Building at 1103 South 47th Street in Squirrel Hill, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a 15-unit multi-family building at 1103 South 47th Street in Squirrel HillWest Philadelphia. Designed by Designblendz, the building will rise four stories tall. A commercial space will be located on the ground floor and a roof deck will be included at the top of the structure. In total, the building will hold 20,771 square feet of space and cost an estimated $2.6 million to build.

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Rendering of 412 North 2nd Street. Credit: Morris Adjmi Architects.

412 North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties Goes to Civic Design Review

A number of significant mid- and high-rise buildings are currently proposed in the sparsely developed zone in southern Northern Liberties, just north of Old City. One of these proposals is 412 North 2nd Street, which was presented in great detail in a recent Civic Design Review submission. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, the tower will rise 244 feet and 23 stories high, easily making it one of the tallest buildings in the area. There will be 397 residential units included in the tower, 20,431 square feet of retail space, and 105 parking spaces.

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Wawa Welcome America fireworks and the Philadelphia skyline from New Jersey. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Fireworks In The Decorated Skyline In Center City

Each year, the United States celebrates its birthday on July 4th, with evening fireworks being the highlight of the day. In Philadelphia, which was the nation’s capital between 1790 and 1800, a concert was held big name celebrities by the the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and fireworks, sponsored in large part by Wawa, launched as high as the Center City skyscrapers. The event was a tribute to America’s 245th birthday and the skyline was also lit up in the nations colors.

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