Opening Party for Icon 1616 Apartments

The newly renovated 25-story apartment building, built in 1929, re-opened with a nod to the Roaring ’20s.


The ICON 1616 apartments opened with great fanfare on Tuesday night. The party at 1616 Walnut Street featured flappers welcoming guests to the newly renovated 25-story apartment building (it was built in 1929), songs from the enchanted era sung by Jessy Kyle, and small-plate dishes by Brulee catering.

Over the years the building has housed the offices of a few of Philly’s well heeled, then in the aughts it housed Temple University’s Center City campus. In 2013 it underwent a $50 million redevelopment with 220 luxury smoke-free apartments, a sky deck, gym, media and billiards room, bike storage, 160 parking spaces and 23,000 square feet of retail, which includes a Theory clothing store, Santander bank and Town Home jewelry store.

Now it’s ready for residents who want amenities and close proximity to many of the most desirable stores in the area as well as Rittenhouse Square.

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HughE Dillon covers parties, events and more for Philadelphia magazine’s The Scene. You can follow him on Twitter at @iPhillyChitChat and visit his daily online social diary