Sparks Shot Tower from Camden. Photo by Thomas Koloski

A Look at the Sparks Shot Tower, Built in 1808 in Queen Village, South Philadelphia

Philadelphia features numerous old structures with interesting styles of architecture. One of the city’s oldest tall structures is the Sparks Shot Tower, which started construction in 1807 and was completed on July 4, 1808 at 129-131 Carpenter Street in the neighborhood now known as Queen Village in South Philadelphia. The facility, which predates the Civil War by almost 60 years, was designed by Thomas Sparks and John Bishop, who originated the idea for shot towers. The 143-foot-tall structure, which forms a brick-clad cylinder that tapers to the top, still stands to this day.

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Rendering of 1314 North Broad Street. Credit: Wulff Architects.

Renderings Revealed for Vertical Extension at 1314 North Broad Street in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia

Renderings have been revealed for a large mixed-use development situated at 1314 North Broad Street in Cecil B. Moore, within the Temple University area in North Philadelphia. Designed by Wulff Architects, the project involves the renovation of a set of existing, four-story brownstones, with a 13-story addition built at the rear. The expanded building will include 103,493 square feet of floor space. Commercial space will be located on the first through fourth floors, spanning 14,819 square feet of space, as well as 208 residential units. No parking is planned with the development, which is a logical proposal given its prime transit-accessible location.

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Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion rendering. Image via Jefferson Health

Basement Floors Of Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion Underway at 1101 Chestnut Street in Market East, Center City

The lower basement floors are currently under construction at the Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101 Chestnut Street in the Market East neighborhood of Center City. The skyscraper is a part of project dubbed East Market Phase 3, which will elevate the profile of a city block that was previously occupied by a prewar parking structure. Designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec and developed by the National Real Estate Development, the building will stand 372 feet and 23 stories tall and will feature a curvy glass façade.

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Rendering of 1723 Francis Street. Credit: Gnome Architects.

Foundation Work Underway at The Vine at 1723 Francis Street in Francisville, North Philadelphia

Foundation work is underway on The Vine, a development situated at 1723 Francis Street in FrancisvilleNorth Philadelphia. Designed by Gnome Architects and developed by Stamm Development Group, the project consists of the renovation of an existing three-story structure and the construction of a new, four-story addition. In total, 24 residential units will be included in the development, with each slated to be a luxury condominium, with 18 units located within the new building and the remainder situated in the existing structure. There will be 18 parking spaces included in the project situated in a ground-floor garage. The two buildings will feature 20,971 square feet of space. Permits estimate construction costs at $1.26 million.

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