Rendering of Proposed Pearl Properties Tower at 19th and Chestnut

Post-Qdoba plans will be presented at a meeting tonight.

Yesterday Naked Philly posted a rendering from Philadelphia Speaks of a new 26-story, 295-foot tower at 19th and Chestnut streets, at the former location of Qdoba. It looks as if the low-lying art deco building on the corner of the site will be preserved while everything next to it will be replaced. Design is by DAS Architects; Pearl Properties is the developer.

In what looks like an effort to blend nicely with the existing building, the tower seems to have a bit of a faux-art deco look, which is a contrast to other local developers, like Carl Dranoff, who are putting up serious contemporary buildings.

The tower will likely be filled with apartments, with two floors of retail at the bottom. Construction just began on another new apartment tower, the 12-story AQ Rittenhouse, a few blocks away.


Plans will be presented at a meeting of the Center City Residents’ Assocation at 7 p.m. tonight at the Holy Communion Lutheran Church at 2110 Chestnut.

Rendering via Philadelphia Speaks

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  • DTurner

    I like what looks to be a slight setback on the Chestnut-facing side, that really helps provide some density without the cavernous sensation.