Another Cecil Baker Home for Sale

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One would imagine that a fully stocked 500-bottle wine cooler in the basement would already make for a pretty Zen-like existence. But just in case you need a little more encouragement toward mindfulness, this Cecil Baker-designed Society Hill townhome offers both. Plus, there’s two-car garage parking to really ensure you never feel stressed trying to find a space in Society Hill.

Renovated in 2011, the corner property boasts natural light everywhere. In addition to the indoor-outdoor living space (more on that in a minute), there are windows on three sides of the home and a central light column. The first floor features a gourmet kitchen with the typical luxury finishes (a Viking stove, corian counter, cherry cabinetry). A-typical luxury finishes include two (two!) Asko dishwashers and a Kitchen Aide trash compactor. Off the kitchen and dining space is a living room with a wall of Nananwall doors that open to the Zen courtyard. That space boasts Brazilian Ipe wood and Mexican river stones along with a custom stainless steel waterfall. For entertaining, the space also features a built-in gas grill and a Bose surround system. Read more »

Newly Listed: $1.27 Million Townhouse Designed By Cecil Baker

314-316 Fitzwater Street, Philadelphia, PA

314-316 Fitzwater Street, Philadelphia, PA

As per the title, this three-story home nestled in Queen Village was designed by renowned architect Cecil Baker. Baker, who studied under Louis Kahn, was last in the news for his renderings of a 26-story glass tower┬áplanned for 500 Walnut by Scannapieco Development, as well as his recent urban-friendly redesign of Carl Dranoff’s One Riverside at 25th and Locust.

This early Baker structure is from the ’80s and includes a two-story living room with exposed bricks and beams, a fireplace, and hardwood floors. The tiled eat-in kitchen includes a separate dining room with an adjacent office space and access to a private garden.

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Morning Headlines: Ultra-Luxury High-Rise Tower Designed By Cecil Baker

Screenshot of 5th and  Walnut corner via Google Street View

Screenshot of 5th and Walnut corner via Google Street View

If the road to acquiring all the necessary approvals goes smoothly, Tom Scannapieco’s plans for a $150 million residential tower near Independence Hall could begin construction in spring 2015. The 26-story high-rise would include 40 condo units with two penthouses, each of them two stories. Availability is projected for March 2017.

Scannapieco, who developed the condos at 1706 Rittenhouse Square, has hired architect Cecil Baker to design what is being called the “glass needle” tower. However, given the building’s proximity to historical landmarks, certain design requirements must be considered. The Inquirer’s Al Heavens writes, “As a result, the building is designed not to interfere with ‘an onlooker’s view from the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall,’ Scannapieco said.”

Rendering below…

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