Handsome “Stable Row” Buildings in Rittenhouse to be Reborn as Luxury Apartments

2023-25 Rittenhouse Square | Photo: James Jennings

2023-25 Rittenhouse Square (sorry about the scaffolding) | Photo: James Jennings

If you’ve ever rounded on to Rittenhouse Square street from 20th Street after a meal at Audrey Claire (or from 21st Street from Friday Saturday Sunday, perhaps), there is no doubt you’ve noticed the collection of carriage doors that define the charming block.

Probably no building is more prominent than the former stable at 2023-25, which is adorned with a beautiful profile of a horse head made of terra cotta and intricate brick work (especially for a stable).  Now, scaffolding wraps its unique facade as it’s in the process of getting a new lease on life.

Developer SRS Real Estate is the midst of two parking-garage-to-luxury-apartment conversion projects: Six units in 2023-25 Rittenhouse and nine across the street at 2028 Rittenhouse, a much larger parking facility. Steven Savitz of SRS said that they’re “pushing hard” to have each building ready for the rental season in 2016, and that “March or April would be ideal for both buildings,” in terms of delivery.

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Fine Wine and Good Spirits Coming to Big-Time Development on Chestnut Street

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Rendering of 1112-28 Chestnut Street | via Target


Though it’s currently under construction, we’d imagine that Brickstone Realty‘s massive project at 1112-1128 Chestnut is rapidly becoming the future go-to destination for residents and visitors to the Midtown Village/Washington Square West area, thanks in large part to type retailers they’re bringing on board.

Fresh off the news that the project will soon boast Target’s new urban scale concept to go along with 112 apartment units, it’s now known that the site’s second retailer will be a large format Fine Wine and Good Spirits outpost.

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Southern Land Company Has Something Cookin’ at Long-Vacant Rittenhouse Lot

1911 Walnut, Southern Land Company

1911 Walnut | Photos: James Jennings

Southern Land Company looks to have something in the works at the lot at 1911 Walnut Street, their prized property on Rittenhouse Square. Cryptic signage has been hung on the fencing that provides some interesting insight of what’s to come.

“Welcome to 1911 Walnut,” reads the first sign, one of seven hung at the lot. “Soon this will be a community destination for luxury living, shopping and recreation. Until then, we invite you to enjoy a new view on this great site.” It then directs passersby to a website for more details.

The cool thing is that, while we don’t know specifics, the signs do say quite a bit. For starters, we now know it will be some sort of luxury building called 1911 Walnut, which is more than we’ve known about this project thus far.

But wait, there’s so much more!

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Newly Renovated Residence in Society Hill Shows Off Restored Facade

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Someone once asked me what my favorite part of the city was and, I’m assuming to their and now your surprise, I gave the anticlimactic answer of Society Hill. It’s heavily residential, to be sure, with commercial amenities slowly emerging as you near Old City or South Street, but that’s precisely why I like it. It calls to mind that old Thomas Mann quote that goes “Thoughts come clearly as one walks,” and Society Hill is my personal (I’m usually the only one taking a stroll there for the sake of it) walker’s paradise.

Part of what makes those occasional promenades so great are the home eye-candy, especially the historic ones with beautifully restored facades. This newly renovated home at 528 Spruce Street, listed for more than $2 million, finds itself in such a position. (Psst, you can see at an open house this Sunday, deets and photos below.)

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1300 Fairmount Sails Through Design Review, Now Heads to Zoning

1300 Fairmount | Via Civic Design Review, RAL Development Services, Cope Linder Architects Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/property/2015/08/21/three-mega-projects-slated-for-civic-design-review-in-september/#5b06kkezoSBL2GRc.99

1300 Fairmount | Via Civic Design Review, RAL Development Services, Cope Linder Architects

1300 Fairmount, a large mixed-use apartment complex planned on the vacant lot that all but wraps the Divine Lorraine on Ridge Avenue, sailed through the Civic Design Review process this week. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly reports that the project “received generally positive remarks” from a committee that hasn’t pulled any punches (positive or negative) as of late.

RAL, a New York-based development company, plans to bring 486 apartments to the site over multiple phases, with a supermarket as the retail anchor of the project. The two development teams–RAL and EB Realty Management, the developers of the Divine Lorraine–were working closely to ensure that the design of each building works with the other. The result is a more modern 19-story tower set with its massing set away from the Grand Dame of North Broad on Ridge Avenue.

Neighbors did have some concerns, reports Brey, as they sought some assurances from the developer that the project’s multiple phases–another apartment block built over the parking garage and also townhomes on 13th Street– would be fully realized. An emphasis was also placed on some safety issues around the site, namely better street lighting on Ridge and Fairmount avenues.

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36 Affordable Townhomes to Replace Vacant Lot in Port Richmond

Grace Town Homes rendering | Kramer + Marks Architects | Image courtesy of Ceisler Media

Kramer + Marks Architects | Courtesy of Ceisler Media

About ten minutes from the blighted Orinoka textile factory building, another eyesore takes up promising real estate. Fortunately, like Orinoka, the vacant lot at 2201 E. Auburn Street in Port Richmond awaits a Friday groundbreaking on a project that will, upon completion, bring 36 affordable townhomes to the area. Completion is anticipated for fall 2016.

The residential development is to be called Grace Town Homes, according to a press release, and was conceived from a partnership between the Women’s Community Revitalization Project and the Firm Hope Baptist Church. It was designed by Kramer + Marks Architects.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: French Country Estate-Style Dream on the Main Line

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

If this week’s Main Line Monday home seemed fitting as the setting for a Sabrina remake, then this Villanova residence would work great in a period film. Stylized in the character of French Colonial country estates, the three-acre property vaunts superb outdoor spaces by award-winning landscape architect Chuck Hess, while the home itself was designed by Peter Zimmerman Architects, a local firm noted for their historic preservation and residential projects on the Main Line. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Built in 2002, the house at 1113 Brynlawn Road offers elegant rooms with accents that include coffered and latticework ceilings, fireplaces (there are seven total), reclaimed antique pecan floors, and custom millwork. Floor-t0-ceiling windows and French doors are also throughout, with a pair in the garden room leading out to a flagstone patio overlooking the multi-garden grounds (which, for the record, was the Association of Professional Landscape Designers “Residential Best of Show” award winner in 2007). The garden room also connects to a a gallery with access to the study and open family kitchen. Specs and photos below.

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Temple University’s High-Tech Library Gets High Marks at Civic Design Review

Temple University Libray | Via Civic Design Review, Temple University, Snohetta, Stantec

Temple University Library | Via Civic Design Review, Temple University, Snohetta, Stantec

Temple University’s flashy new library went before the Civic Design Review Committee on Tuesday, and it might be an understatement to say that the information-only presentation went well. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey was on hand as CDR board member Cecil Baker proclaimed his love for the design of the project telling Temple’s architect, Margaret Carney: “I see your project and I get filled with hope.”

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Sold: Connor Barwin’s Super-Cool Rittenhouse Condo With Speakeasy Bar

Left: Jeff Fusco | Right: BHHS Fox   Roach, Center City Walnut

Left: Jeff Fusco | Listing Images by OBEO Photographers via TREND/BHHS Fox & Roach, Center City Walnut

It’s been a busy summer for Connor Barwin. When he’s not at training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles, the guy has been hard at work (literally) making the transformation at Ralph Brooks Park a reality. Somehow, between his gridiron plays and his urbanist ways, Barwin found time to sell his home at 18th and Pine.

That’s right, Barwin’s amazing condo a short walk from Rittenhouse Square sold in early June for $1.25 million, according to city records. If you’ve been following along at home, that’s spot on to the original list price.

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Eastern Half of The Gallery to Shutter in October


Officials from SEPTA and PATCO confirmed today that PREIT plans to shut down the eastern half of the Gallery mall on October 2nd, as the developer commences with the first phase of its $325 million vision that will eventually see it become the glossy Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.

Jeff Gammage of The Inquirer reports that PREIT notified both SEPTA and PATCO officials of the announcement today via hand-delivered letter, which outlined the PREIT’s plan: “The first stage of demolition at the three-block mall will take place between Eighth and 10th Streets. A barricade will block access to the east, and to the stairs and escalator at 10th, which now usher people up to ground level at Market Street.”

The second phase includes work on the western portion of the mall to 11th Street, and is anticipated to begin in 2016.

So, will it be a long, cold winter for the thousands of commuters who prefer to make their way to and from Center City through the warm concourse of The Gallery?

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