At the end of the 1920s, right before the Great Depression, builders in Philadelphia had proposed several high-rise banks, which were constructed rapidly in the coming years. One of such towers was the Girard Trust Building at 28-32 South Broad Street, which stands just to the south of City Hall in Center City to the east of the site where One Meridian Plaza would later stand. Designed by Furness, Evans & Co. and McKim, Mead & White, which McKim, Mead & White, the latter being the architect for the old Penn Station in New York City, the skyscraper rises 394 feet and 30 stories tall. The structure was completed in 1931, the same year as the Empire State Building.
Renderings have been revealed for a multi-family development proposed at 1426 North 6th Street in Ludlow, North Philadelphia. Designed by Cicada Architecture and Planning, the development will offer 55 total residential units, with 24 reserved as family units and the other 31 set aside for senior citizens. The development will include 41,000 square feet of space for residential use. Additionally, 1,975 square feet of space will be used for a community room, 550 square feet for laundry space, and 550 square feet for office space. The project will als15 parking spaces, with two set to be accessible. There will also be space for 12 bicycles, with eight for the family units and another four reserved for the senior units.
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.