Apartment Week: The Alexander

This instant classic features all sorts of attractive amenities, including one of the city's highest roof decks.

The Alexander | This photo: Sandy Smith; other photos: Courtesy The Alexander unless otherwise indicated

If you get the impression that everything old is new again around here, you have more than the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia to thank.

You also should tip your hat in Robert A.M. Stern’s direction.

Building lobby

The global starchitect can definitely do modern — the Comcast Center, Drexel’s Chestnut Square and its LeBow College of Business are all products of his firm — but most of his high-profile projects hereabouts of late have been historical throwbacks like the Museum of the American Revolution and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at Penn.

One of those throwbacks, the 10 Rittenhouse Square condominium, has been gracing Rittenhouse Square’s northeast corner since 2010. He has now produced a rental high-rise to go with it at the behest of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Amenity floor living room

Fitness center

Demonstration kitchen

Media room

Indoor pool


View from terrace

Panorama of view from roof deck | Photo: Sandy Smith

The church owns The Alexander, the 32-story neo-Classical tower that started taking in residents in January. The building, part of a two-building complex that also includes a Mormon meetinghouse, wears its bulk fairly well and is lavishly equipped with a top-notch set of community amenities from its first-floor dog wash to its 33rd-floor roof deck.

Model townhouse living/dining room | Photo: Sandy Smith

Model townhouse kitchen | Photo: Sandy Smith

Model townhouse bedroom

Residents can choose either apartments or townhouses with separate entrances on Vine and Wood streets. The units themselves are thoroughly modern in style, with the usual mix of materials and features.

So are the amenity spaces, though you’ll find a warmer color palette and the occasional Art Deco touch in these.

The Alexander By the Numbers

Address: 300 Alexander Court (between 16th and 17th streets from Vine to Wood), Philadelphia, PA 19103

Number of units: 264 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom, single- and bi-level apartments (including four bi-level penthouses), ranging in size from 582 to 1,397 square feet; 13 tw0-, three- and four-bedroom, two- and three-story townhouses, ranging in size from 1,435 to 2,300 square feet

Number of parking spaces: Not available; access-controlled underground garage

Rents: Apartments, $1,670 to $4,506 per month; townhouses, $3,620 to $5,920 per month

Other stuff: Building is pet-friendly; childcare available on site

More information: The Alexander website; 833-334-8975