First Look: Condos Coming to Historic Old City Buildings

Two 19th-century factory buildings are being turned into six ultra-modern luxury condominiums.

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Living room rendering, 115 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Renderings: Urban Space Development

Where once the aroma of chemicals and oils filled Arch Street, other scents will soon emanate.

These may include potpourri, flowers, perfume, olive oil, herbs and spices, all provided by the residents of the six condominium units now being built inside 113 and 115 Arch Street.

Building exterior; 113 Arch is at right

Both of these buildings date to the mid-19th century, though judging from the renderings, 113 got a facelift sometime early in the 20th century.

According to a representative for architect Urban Space Development, the shorter building at 113 was the home of George D. Wetherill & Co., a paint manufacturer. The one prior occupant of 115 the firm has been able to confirm is the Crew Levick Company, a manufacturer of oils.

By next spring, residents should be moving into the six high-ceilinged condos now under construction by developer Astoban Investments.

These units, however, won’t have the industrial-chic look that characterizes so many Old City residential buildings. Instead, they will have a bright, minimalist, ultra-modern aesthetic.

Ceiling heights will range upward from 9.5 feet. Each unit will have LED lighting and wide-plank hardwood flooring throughout.

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Kitchen rendering

The kitchens will boast the sleek look of Italian designer Record è Cucine and feature Wolf, Sub-Zero and Asko appliances.

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Bedroom rendering

Bedrooms will have custom closets by Pianca, and IDEA Design Group will outfit the bathrooms. The master bathrooms will have radiant heat floors.

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Bathroom rendering

Some of the units will also have outdoor balconies. Garage parking and bike storage are available on-site, and the building will have secure package storage and a virtual intercom system.

With this project, luxury house-hunters will have an opportunity once again to live in an historic Old City landmark that has been brought into our time.

113-115 Arch St. by the Numbers

Address: 115 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106

Number of units: 6, ranging in size from 1,927 to 4,828 square feet: one 2-bedroom unit, two 3-bedroom units, two 4-bedroom units and one 5-bedroom unit.

Sale prices: Two units are currently available. Unit 202, a 3-bedroom, 3 full-/1 half-bathroom apartment, contains 2,615 square feet of interior space and an 82-square-foot balcony and has a sale price of $1,495,000. Unit 401, a 5-bedroom, 5 full-/1 half-bathroom apartment, contains 4,828 square feet of interior space and a 340-square-foot balcony and has a sale price of $3,400,000.

More information: 115 Arch Street website;; Astoban Realty Group, 267-606-0962

Updated Sept, 9, 5:38 a.m., to correctly identify the name of the developer.