Category:Residential skyscrapers in Philadelphia
Pages in category "Residential skyscrapers in Philadelphia"
The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Liberty Place – Liberty Place is a skyscraper complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Prior to the construction of Liberty Place, there was an agreement not to build any structure in Center City higher than the statue of William Penn on top of Philadelphia City Hall. The tradition lasted until 1984 when developer Willard G. Rouse III of Rouse & Associates announced plans to build a building complex that included two towers taller than City Hall. Despite the opposition, construction of One Liberty Place was approved, when One Liberty Place was completed, it was the tallest skyscraper in Philadelphia. Phase 2 of the project included Two Liberty Place, a hotel, a mall. Construction began 1988 after Cigna agreed to lease the entirety of the skyscraper, construction was completed in 1990, making Two Liberty Place the second-tallest building in the city. The two towers held their place as first and second tallest buildings in Philadelphia until the Comcast Center was topped off in 2007, Liberty Place was designed by architect Helmut Jahn and his firm Murphy/Jahn. The steel and blue glass skyscrapers were heavily influenced by New York Citys Chrysler Building, the major influence is the spire made of gabled angular setbacks. Two Liberty Places spire is shorter and squatter, a design influenced by the needs of tenant Cigna, in the 2000s Cigna reduced its presence in the tower, which led to the owners converting the upper floors into 122 luxury condominiums. Below the two towers is the 289 room Westin hotel and the 143,000 square feet Shops at Liberty Place, the main feature of the mall is a round atrium topped by a large glass dome. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, there was an agreement not to build any structure in Center City higher than the statue of William Penn on top of Philadelphia City Hall. The tradition lasted until the 1980s when developer Willard G. Rouse III of Rouse & Associates announced plans to build a building complex that included two towers taller than City Hall. Prior to any development plans, Rouse wanted to acquire real estate in Philadelphia and he eyed a block in Center City occupied by parking lots. The Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corp. also eyed the land for development, under the rules agreed upon, the highest bidder would get the option to buy the others property. Rouse won the auction in 1983 for an undisclosed amount, rumors and local lore speculate Rouse spent so much money buying the land that he had to build something that justified the expense. Opposition to the project had begun before the April 5 official announcement at a Planning Commission meeting, the meeting was attended by 300 people and a number of attendees were opposed or skeptical of the idea that the skyscrapers would be taller than City Hall. Critics feared breaking the agreement would lead to the development of more tall skyscrapers that would end up dwarfing City Hall. Critic of the plan and former Philadelphia city planner Edmund Bacon said, Once smashed, the location of City Hall was intended as the citys center from the citys founding and critics feared taller buildings would move the citys center away from City Hall
2. 1616 Walnut Street Building – The 1616 Walnut Street Building or 1616 Building is a historic high-rise building in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 24-story building stands 94 meters tall, in 1930, the architects received an award for the buildings design at the 12th International Buildings Congress in Budapest. Its five-story parking garage on the Chancellor Street side, part of the construction, was considered a novelty in 1929. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, in 2013,1616 Walnut Street was renamed Icon as it underwent an extensive renovation, transforming it from commercial space to a luxury Class-A multifamily community expected to open in 2014. 1616 Walnut Street at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Icon Apartments Icon Apartments Philadelphia
3. Murano (skyscraper) – The Murano is a residential skyscraper in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Part of a condominium boom occurring in the city, the Murano was announced in 2005 and was developed jointly by Thomas Properties Group, the building, named after Murano, Italy, was completed in 2008 at a cost of US$165 million. The site, previously occupied by a lot, was the location of the Erlanger Theatre from 1927 to 1978. The blue glass and concrete, 43-story,475 feet skyscraper was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Muranos condos range between 740 square feet and 2,625 square feet and were designed to be loft-like with each featuring a balcony. The building features ground level retail space and an adjacent parking garage, located in the West Market Street neighborhood of Center City, a neighborhood that first saw residential development in 2002, the building struggled to fill its units during the late-2000s recession. In July 2009 the Muranos owners held an auction on forty of the buildings units. Thomas Properties Group lowered the price for the unsold units based on what the forty units went for at the auction. The project was developed by Thomas Properties Group of Los Angeles. The planned site of the Murano was on West Market Street in Center City, Construction began around the end of 2005. Built by construction firm Turner Construction Company, the US$165 million Murano was completed in 2008 with residents first moving in on June 18, the building was completed with seventy percent of its units sold. As of December 31,2008, sales on 111 units had been closed, in 2008 and 2009 the late-2000s recession hurt the condominium market, with citywide sales declining 64 percent and high-end condo sales declining 24 percent. Analysts believed the Murano was overpriced based on the neighborhood, with potential buyers unwilling to take a chance on the developing West Market Street neighborhood during a recession. In 2009, Thomas Properties Group was looking to fill up the tower to help pay for condo fees. On June 27, Thomas Properties Group auctioned off 40 units in the tower, the 40 units went for between US$335,000 and US$796,000, priced at nearly 20 percent less than the units sold before the auction. Thomas Properties Group priced the 137 remaining unsold units according to similar units went for during the auction. Located at 21st and Market Streets, the 43-story,475 feet Murano is named after Murano, Italy, a town famous for its glass. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Associates, the Murano has 302 condos that include one to three bedroom condos that range from 740 square feet to 2,625 square feet, also included are penthouses that range from 1,660 square feet to 2,625 square feet. The condominiums are designed to be loft-like and each feature a balcony, the curved facade features floor-to-ceiling blue windows separated at intervals by bands of white concrete
4. Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia – The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia is a luxury hotel and residential complex in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Girard Trust Bank – also known as Girard Trust Corn Exchange Bank Building – was built as the headquarters and main branch of the Girard Bank, the Beaux Arts building was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, and was conceived by architect Frank Furness. The commission was shared between the Philadelphia firm of Furness, Evans & Company and the New York firm of McKim, the building was begun in 1905 and completed in 1907. While its masonry dome is hemispherical on the exterior, the interior is octagonal, the soaring, 4-story Main Banking Room is used as the hotels restaurant and ballroom. Girard Trust Building – also known as Girard Trust Company Office Building – is a 394 feet 30-story skyscraper facing City Hall and it was designed by McKim, Mead & White, and built as an office building in 1930-31. It was later renamed Two Mellon Plaza, the adjacent One Meridian Plaza was connected to this building. Shortly after One Meridian Plazas demolition, the building was converted in 2000 into a 330-room Ritz-Carlton hotel, responsible for the buildings conversion are James Garrison and Dr. George C. The building is located on the formerly occupied by the West End Trust Building by Furness. On the former site of One Meridian Plaza stands The Residences at the Ritz Carlton, the Ritz-Carlton at emporis. com Girard Trust Corn Exchange Bank at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings The Girard Trust Company Building at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
5. The St. James – The St. James is a luxury residential skyscraper in Washington Square West, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The 498 feet, 45-story high-rise stands along Walnut Street and Washington Square and is the 12th tallest building in Philadelphia, the Chicago-style, glass-and-concrete skyscraper incorporated into its design several historic 19th-century buildings that lined Walnut Street. These buildings included three Federal-style rowhouses built in 1807 called York Row and the Italianate-style former headquarters of the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, after lying vacant and neglected for years, the only part of York Row preserved were the rowhouses facades. Only a back portion of the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society building was demolished, developer P&A Associates first attempted to develop the site in 1995, but was delayed because of a lack of investor confidence in the project. When the Philadelphia residential market improved in the late 1990s, St. James Associates Joint Venture, the high-rise building, completed in 2004, features 306 units, with each but the studio apartments having a private balcony. Its amenities include a 60 feet swimming pool, a courtyard. The most notable of these was the headquarters of the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society. Designed in 1868 by Addison Hutton, the granite-faced Italianate-style building was the headquarters building that PSFS had built. Construction began on the building on June 13,1868 and it was opened for business on October 11,1869, an addition designed by Hutton was added in 1885, and another designed by Frank Furness in 1895. The building served as the PSFS headquarters until 1932 when the company moved to the PSFS Building on Market Street, the other buildings are a group of three brick three-story rowhouses called York Row. Built in 1807 in the Federal style, they are an example of speculative housing development. York Row was built at a time when Philadelphias population was shifting westward, the buildings were bought for US$4.7 million in 1988 by real estate investor Samuel A. Rappaport. Rappaport also planned to have an apartment in one of the York Row houses, however, like many other Rappaport-owned buildings, they ended up being left vacant and neglected, becoming a target for vandals and the homeless. Rappaport died in 1994, and in January 1995 developer P&A Associates announced its agreement to buy the properties from his estate, the developer also disclosed plans to build a luxury residential tower at the site. The plan called for dismantling part of Furnesss additions to the PSFS headquarters, the York Row houses would have been completely demolished. The plan was controversial as preservationists wanted the buildings to remain unchanged, the new plan, which was approved by the Philadelphia Historical Commission, included renovating the PSFS headquarters and converting it into restaurant and office space. The York Row building interiors had been stripped of everything except for one fireplace mantle, P&A Associates would instead preserve the front facade of the houses, back to the roof ridge line. After its announcement in 1995, the project stalled because P&A Associates was unable to find investors to finance the project, investors were skeptical that luxury residential apartments outside the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in Center City could be successful
6. 1900 Rittenhouse Square Apartments – The 1900 Rittenhouse Square Apartments is a historic high-rise building on Rittenhouse Square in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 190 foot tall, 19-story building has been converted to condominiums,1900 Rittenhouse Square was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on January 7,1982, Listing at emporis. com Listing at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
7. Bell Telephone Company Building (Philadelphia) – Its construction in 1925 marked the beginning of the era of long distance trunk lines in telephone communication. The building was listed by the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, though this is considered the most prestigious building designed by architect Eugene Stopper, he was perhaps uniquely qualified to design this building. The building is constructed in the Moderne style of brick with limestone used on the first, the three upper floors are set-back in the style of New York skyscrapers of the era. The first floor interior is decorated with walls, terrazzo floors. The introduction of long distance lines in the early 1920s caused a boom in telephone traffic, requiring many new switchboards. The New York and New Jersey buildings are listed on the NRHP. The trunk lines were placed close to Philadelphias fairly new downtown area, once placed, the location of the trunk lines dictated the location of other Bell Telephone buildings which needed easy access to the lines. The companys 1950 stainless steel skyscraper at 16th and Cherry Streets, in 1970, the long distance exchanges were moved to a modern facility, the building was renovated as telephone company offices, and air conditioning was installed. About 1990, the building was sold and converted to use as a self-storage facility and sold again in 2001 for use as apartments
8. Lewis Tower – Aria is a 33-story Art Deco skyscraper in Center City Philadelphia designed by the firm Edmund Gilchrist. An exceptionally slender building, it was one of the citys tallest office high-rises until the boom of the late 1980s. It housed offices until 2005 when the building was sold for conversion into condominiums, the Aria was purchased in 2009 by Richard Oller and Jeffrey Goldstein. Oller a seasoned real estate Developer, prior to purchasing the Aria Building Oller was the Founder and CEO of The Wentworth Group. The largest property management company in the United States, the Aria formally the Lewis Tower Building was a turn around condo conversion- The Sales Team which SpearHeaded the successful turn around was The Condo Shop a condominium Marketing firm. Other successes lead by The Condo Shop where the Residences at Two Liberty Place