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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Rendering of One Dock Street. Credit: BLT Architects.

One Dock Street Popping Into View From Society Hill, Center City

Despite opposition from preservationists, the long-awaited tower at One Dock Street is underway in Society Hill, Center City. The apartment building will stand 372 feet tall and 31 stories. Designed by Philadelphia-based BLT Architects and developed by LCOR Incorporated, the slim yet sizeable tower will feature 272 rental apartments and will connect to the Marriott Hotel adjacent to the site. The high-rise will join architect I. M. Pei’s three Society Hill Towers that have dominated the area since 1964.

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901 Buttonwood Street. Looking northwest, prior to demolition. July 2019. Credit: Google Maps

40-Unit Building Proposed at 901 Buttonwood Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia

A seven-story, 40-unit mixed-use development has been proposed at 901 Buttonwood Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia. The development will rise at the northwest corner of Buttonwood and North 9th streets and will span 29,461 square feet, which will include a commercial component. Features will include a parking garage and full sprinkling. Permits list Carolina Pena as the design professional, Houn Far LLC as the contractor, and a construction cost of $3.5 million.

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3837-45 Wallace Street. Building section. Credit: Haverford Square Designs via the City of Philadelphia

Five Six-Unit Buildings Proposed at 3837-45 Wallace Street in Mantua, West Philadelphia

A series of five adjacent three-story, six-unit apartment buildings have been proposed at 3837 through 3845 Wallace Street in Mantua, West Philadelphia, yielding a total of 30 apartments. Designed by Haverford Square Designs, each structure will span 4,500 square feet, lending an average of 750 square feet per unit, and will feature a basement, nine-foot-plus ceilings, and full sprinkling. Permits for each structure list Francesco Zampetti as the design professional, Eugene Naydovich of Fitler Development as the contractor, and a construction cost of $200,000.

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