Model of Liberty Place. Photo by The Philadelphia Inquirer

YIMBY Shares Detailed Models Of The 1985 Liberty Place Iteration In Center City

The Liberty Place complex, which consists of One Liberty Place and Two Liberty Place are located at 1650 Market Street and 50 South 16th Street in Center City, has anchored the Philadelphia skyline ever since it was completed in 1990. However, at one point, the final form of the buildings was meant to look very different. The groundbreaking project was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn (now known as Jahn/), who had hand-drawn a massive quantity of possibilities for the city block. The project was developed by Rouse and Associates, as Willard G. Rouse, who was adamant about raising the skyline above Philadelphia City Hall as he believed that William Penn himself would appreciate the city’s progress. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY shares our latest skyline massings of a heavily detailed model of the 1985 iteration of Liberty Place.

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Construction Underway at 6311-17 Germantown Avenue in Morton, Northwest Philadelphia

A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has revealed that construction is underway at a four-story, 60-unit mixed use building at 6311-17 Germantown Avenue in MortonNorthwest Philadelphia. The development is situated on the east side of the block between East Washington Lane and East Duval Street. The building will span 51,592 square feet and feature commercial space on the ground floor, elevator service, a green roof that will span at least 60 percent of the rooftop, 20 bicycle spaces, and full sprinkling. Permits list Knight Rider Construction as the contractor and a construction cost of $5.29 million.

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Philadelphia 1987 One Liberty Place south elevation. Models and image by Thomas Koloski

YIMBY Shares a Detailed Model of One Liberty Place in Center City

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.

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1820 Ridge Avenue. Credit: Plato Studios.

Permits Issued for 1820 Ridge Avenue in Francisville, Lower North Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a five-story mixed-use building at 1820 Ridge Avenue in FrancisvilleNorth Philadelphia. Designed by Plato Studios, the new building will hold commercial space at the ground floor as well as 12 residential units. /The structure will span 10,732 square feet. Features include a basement and a roof deck will located at the top of the structure. Construction costs ate listed at $800,000.

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