Morning Headlines: 15th and Walnut Is Crumbling in the Name of Cheesecake

Make way for the prettiest chain restaurant you’ll ever see.

Rendering of the planned building for 15th and Walnut

Rendering of the planned building for 15th and Walnut

We’ve been looking forward to the proposed building at 15th and Walnut ever since Inga Saffron gave it a rave review last spring. Finally, after almost a year of waiting, demolition has commenced at the site. Sister site Foobooz posted photos of the demo here, and is holding a contest for best suggestion for the retail space. The winner gets VIP tickets to the Rittenhouse Row festival.


The glass box building design comes courtesy Apple Store architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which previously did the 30th Street Post Office adaptive reuse renovation. The retail tenant will be on the first floor and the Cheesecake Factory will be on the second.

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  • Tony Annechino

    That’s ugly and doesn’t belong there. Sorry (not sorry).

    • DTurner

      Looks a hell of a lot better than a lot of the properties along Walnut though.

  • citywide

    great building. Too bad there’s not 25 stories of living above this great box.

  • Brittany Resnick

    JOE FRESH! <3

  • Infamous_God

    Lousy architecture. No blend of tradition with modern. Completely out of place and an eye sore. Wow glass Cube… ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • kclo3

    Have tenants actually been secured for the other 2 floors (Uniqlo is going to Chestnut), or is this going to just be a vacant lot?

  • PJ

    an ugly home for the cheesecake factory. CC residents will still wait there two hrs for a table

  • Jimmi Shrode

    Ugh. Diabetes-Heart-Attack Factory.