Multiple highways around Center City offer great perspectives of the Philadelphia skyline. One of the best vantage points located along the Interstate 95, which presents a look at the skyline where the towers scatter in broad view from east to west, with underway developments in multiple neighborhoods easy to pinpoint. Of course, the Center City skyscrapers stand out prominently, and even smaller towers rising in Center City West can be seen from the view.
The majority of the skyscrapers that dominate the Philadelphia skyline are the trophy towers that were built in the late 1980s. One of these buildings is the 848-foot-tall, 58-story Two Liberty Place at 50 South 16th Street in Center City, the city’s fourth-tallest building. The skyscraper is a part of the Liberty Place complex that consists of two towers connected by a mall and a hotel. The skyscraper was designed by Helmut Jahn, who also designed buildings such as MesseTurm in Frankfurt, Germany, 50 West Street in New York City, and the Bank of America Tower in Jacksonville, Florida, among many others. The developer of the project was Rouse and Associates, which eventually transformed into Liberty Property Trust, which built both of the Comcast skyscrapers that today dominate the skyline.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, 26-unit building at 5840-50 North 13th Street in Fern Rock, North Philadelphia. The structure appears to be a part of Fern Rock Courts, a complex that includes the renovation of two formerly abandoned prewar apartment buildings. The new structure will be attached to the existing building at 5840 North 13th Street. Permits appear to indicate that the total number of units at both the renovated and newly constructed section will be 63, while the renovated building to the south at 5424-38 North 13th Street (not included in the latest permits) will hold 49 residences. Plato Marinakos is listed as the design professional and Philly Dwell LLC is specified as the contractor.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-unit multi-family building at 2238 North 2nd Street in Norris Square, North Philadelphia. The structure will rise four stories tall, with a roof deck located on top of the building that will be accessible via a pilot house. Permits state that the building will hold 3,322 square feet of space and cost an estimated $525,000 to construct.
Permits have been issued for the construction of the Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101-53 Chestnut Street in Market East, Center City. Developed by National Real Estate Development, the structure will rise 364 feet and 23 stories tall, becoming the tallest addition to the neighborhood in more than three decades. The interior will hold 750,000 square feet of space, most of which will be allocated for medical use by Jefferson Health. The structure is part of the two-tower East Market Phase 3 complex, which is the latest extension to the multi-block East Market development. Philly YIMBY covered the project in extensive detail in a recent feature article.