Commission Approves Plan for Commercial Building Next to the Boyd Theatre

Demolition is underway, but the Historical Commission gave the commercial plans for 1900-06 Chestnut Street the go-ahead.


1900-06 Chestnut Street | Photo: James Jennings

The Historical Commission gave its collective thumbs up to the plans for a new commercial encompassing 1900-06 Chestnut Street, adjacent to the former Boyd Theatre.

Although the designs for the tower at the Boyd Theatre site were rejected by the Historical Commission in May, Pearl Properties moved forward with the commercial aspect of the plans, which includes the re-use of the 2-story Alexander Building at 1900 Chestnut and a new 3-story structure squeezed between it and the Boyd.

Pearl Properties and Eimer Architecture originally presented a modern, boxy building largely consisting of gray and orange tones. The design was widely panned, and a new one was presented that matched the limestone facade of the Alexander Building and the Boyd.

Demolition is currently underway at 1902-04 Chestnut Street and PlanPhilly reported in late July that the building will have 21,000-square-feet of retail, a green roof and some matching architectural elements to the Alexander Building. The retail component is reportedly going to become one of the city’s first TargetExpress stores.