During the 1920s, “the Roaring Twenties,” the nation saw a major economic boom that lasted nearly a decade, until it came crashing down in the 1930s with the Great Depression. Major cities were vibrant and illuminated, with ballrooms and theaters spreading around cities. The growth also positively affected the skylines of American cities, including that of Philadelphia, which saw the construction of multiple office buildings in Center City, mostly around Broad Street and Market Street.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a 13-unit mixed-use development at 2054 North 2nd Street in Norris Square, North Philadelphia. The building will rise four stories tall. A commercial space will be situated on the ground floor. In total, the building will include 10,468 square feet of space. Construction costs are estimated at $900,000.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a pair of three-story, three-unit rowhouses at 2423 and 2425 West Thompson Street in Sharswood, North Philadelphia. The site is situated on the north side of the block between North 24th Street and North 25th Street. Each structure will rise from a 1,000-square-foot footprint, contain 3,900 square feet of floor area, cost $300,000 to build, and feature full sprinkling and roof decks, which will provide sweeping skyline views. Permits list Harrison Inc. as both the owner and contractor, and Craig Deutsch as the designer.
Renovation work continues at the the 27-story hotel-to-residential conversion at Terrace on 18th Street at 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Logan Square, Center City. Designed by Oskar Stonorov of Korman Co., the tower was completed in 1963 as an apartment building. In the mid=1980s it was converted into the Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, around the same time as the Embassy Suites at Philadelphia International Airport also opened with a similar design. The tower is now owned by Pearl Properties, which is also responsible for The Harper and 113-121 South 19th Street. The conversion was designed by DAS Architecture, and exterior renderings are provided by Gabe Lui Architectural Renderings.
A set of updated plans and renderings has been released for Torresdale Manor Residences, a townhouse development proposed at 3600 Grant Avenue in Torresdale, Northeast Philadelphia. Designed by Abitare Design Studio, the project will consist of 30 residences, a new roadway, and a green trail along the Byberry Creek that runs through an adjacent golf club. Each townhouse will rise three stories plus a finished basement, and will include three bedrooms and two parking spaces.