In the early 1900s, construction has just finished at Philadelphia City Hall (completed in 1901), with the clock tower dominating Center City. The skyline was not yet filled with massive towers. Instead, low- and mid-rise buildings made up the urban landscape. At the time, the city was growing rapidly, and a new generation of notable buildings was completed by the turn of the 20th century, including City Hall and the Masonic Temple. Today Philly YIMBY presents massing renderings of the Philadelphia skyline as it appeared all the way back in 1905.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a mixed-use development at 2234-38 North Broad Street in the Temple University area in North Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building will rise five stories tall and will include a commercial space on the ground floor and 29 residential units above. In total, the building will hold 35,042 square feet of space and cost an estimated $3,636,000 to build.
Permits have been issued for a seven-unit residential building at 245 North 12th Street in Chinatown, Center City. Upon completion, the development will rise four stories tall. A roof deck will be accessible via a pilot house. Seven bicycle spaces will be available as well as six off-site parking spaces, with one set to be van accessible. The building will hold 7,661 square feet of space. Permits estimate construction costs at $1 million.
The Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions (also known as the Wexford Drexel Academic Tower) at 3601 Filbert Street has joined the West Philadelphia skyline as the structure of the tower has been recently topped out. The steel frame now reaches its final height of 185 feet and 12 stories. Designed by Ballinger and developed by Wexford Science & Technology LLC, and adds significant bulk to the 14-acre uCity Square project. The structure is one of many new developments to recently rise in University City.
Work is rapidly progressing on a 65-unit mixed-use development situated at 5013 Springfield Avenue in Kingsessing, Southwest Philadelphia. Designed by Ambit Architecture and developed by the Metropolitan Group, the building rises five stories tall with a commercial space on the ground floor, with residential units above. A fresh food market is slated for the retail space.