165 years ago, a man by the name of Francis West Lewis established one of the most famous and reliable hospitals in the world. Now, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has extended its space across many acres of University City in West Philadelphia. With many towers complete in the past recent years, another building has already started construction at 3501 Civic Center Boulevard, which will eventually rise 377 feet.
A permit has been filed for the demolition of a vacant three-story rowhouse located at 1313 North 22nd Street in the Sharswood neighborhood in North Philadelphia, directly north of Girard College. The permit lists Campbell Patrick as the owner.
Demolition permits have been filed for 3612 L Street in the Kensington neightborhood in North Philadelphia, located at the corner of East Venago Street and Kensington Avenue, four blocks to the north of the Erie-Torresdale station. Blum Properties LLC is listed as the owner.
The city of Philadelphia has been booming recently with skyscrapers and buildings of all shapes and sizes. While most of the new buildings have been proposed and built in Center City, the skyline is extending in all directions. The skyline made its first significant leap across the Schuylkill River back in 2005 with the 437-foot, 29-story Cira Centre; now, the area boasts three towers over 400 feet all within a few blocks of one another. The district may soon add a new supertall at the site of Schuylkill Yards, as seen on SHOP Architects renderings from 2016 (though the tower has been excluded from recent renderings).
The Center City skyline continues its persistent westward march to the banks of the Schuylkill River. Recently, Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz submitted to the City of Philadelphia a Civic Design Review presentation that outlines the details on the 328-foot-tall, 29-story residential building proposed at 33 North 22nd Street, which also fronts onto the JFK Boulevard. Developed by the PMC Property Group, the Center City West project will replace a parking lot for the adjacent Trader Joe’s supermarket and will bring 341 apartments as well as indoor parking for both the building’s residents and Trader Joe’s customers.