Rendering of Innovator Village via Philly Living Team.

Permits Issued for 2401 Washington Avenue at Innovator Village in Graduate Hospital, South Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for 2401 Washington Avenue, Building A, part of the Innovator Village development in Graduate HospitalSouth Philadelphia. Upon completion, the development will rise four stories tall and will feature 28 residential units as well as a parking garage. In total, the building will hold 25,264 square feet of space, with construction costs estimated at $3.2 million. The building shares its address with Innovator Village, an under-construction development that brings 82 residential units to the area, many of which have already been sold.

Read More

Philadelphia City Hall 1910. Photo via

Looking at the Construction of Philadelphia City Hall’s Clock Tower

At the time of construction, Philadelphia City Hall at 1400 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City was a building that was both ahead of its time and inspired by traditional design. The municipal floors and the clock tower feature stone walls, cornices, pillars, and decorative additions that brought the public to awe. The 548-foot structure was designed by John McArthur Jr. and Thomas Ustick Walter, who have both worked on other well-known buildings. John McArthur Jr. designed the First National Bank, and Thomas Ustick Walter designed the new and current dome of the Capital Building in Washington D.C. While the highest space in the building sits nine floors above ground, the clock tower stands hundreds of feet tall and was constructed just after the municipal floors. Today Philadelphia YIMBY looks at the construction of the clock tower, which ranks as the world’s tallest freestanding masonry building.

Read More

Current view of 1729 Francis Street. Credit: Google.

Permits Issued for Four-Unit Building at 1729 Francis Street in Francisville, North Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-unit multi-family structure at 1729 Francis Street in FrancisvilleNorth Philadelphia. When completed, the building will rise three stories tall and will feature a roof deck with a pilot house. In total, the building will hold 4,698 square feet of space, with construction costs estimated at $165,000, according to the permit.

Read More

The Block at SoNo at 456 North 5th Street. Credit: ISA Architects

Exterior Work Progresses at The Block At SoNo in Northern Liberties

Construction work is making rapid progress on The Block at SoNo (also known as SoNo and SoNo Apartments), a 49-unit mixed-use development located at 456 North 5th Street in Northern Liberties. Designed by ISA Architects, the building stands four stories tall, with three commercial spaces on the ground floor, of which one will face North 5th Street, while the other two will open onto the parking lot at the building’s rear. The upper floors will hold residential units.

Read More

Second scheme of the PSFS Building. Image via George Howe and William Edmond Lescaze

YIMBY Presents Massing Renderings of the Second Design for the PSFS Building

In recent weeks, Philadelphia YIMBY has shared a series of publications on the historic PSFS Building at 1200 Market Street in Market East, Center City. Yesterday we looked in detail at the first iteration of the building designed by architects George Howe and William Lescaze, who partnered in 1929. In this feature, we present massing renderings of the second design. The roof height of the current building stands 491 feet above the ground, which is likely as high as the iterations analyzed here would have also risen.

Read More