Morning Headlines: Proposed Hotel Near Convention Center Clears Hurdle

The Historical Commission okays an addition to the Big Brothers Big Sisters building.

The existing building, courtesy of this sale flyer

PlanPhilly reports that a proposal to construct a 12-story addition atop the former Warner Bros. distribution center on 13th Street just north of the Pennsylvania Convention Center received approval from the Philadelphia Historical Commission on July 11, and has video of the meeting. An earlier version of the proposal was rejected in June by the commission’s Architecture Committee.

The two-story Art Moderne building, designed by Frank Furness protege William H. Lee, was recently listed as being for sale for $2.75 million. It is currently owned by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Developer Baywood Hotels originally proposed a 9-story addition, but after the Architecture Committee rejected the proposal, they revised the plan, setting the addition further back and adding the additional floors. The full Historical Commission approved the new proposal unanimously.

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