In August, an ominous sign went up in the window, indicating the end of the road for Millennium.
According to the recently affixed zoning application, a sushi place will soon be taking over this space. At first glance, this seems like a strange choice for a sushi spot, with Mizu, Tampopo, Fuji Mountain, Yamaki Sushi, and Vic Sushi Bar all within a couple of blocks. On the other hand, with tons of residents to the south and west and no sushi places closer to these potential customers, this could turn out to be a genius move.
The building, which today comes off a little unimpressively, especially compared to the numerous elaborate buildings in the immediate area, is nevertheless on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. According to Emporis, it was designed by Ballinger & Perrot and was completed in 1916. You may be familiar with a couple other works by Ballinger & Perrot, such as the Crane Building in Kensington and the RCA Victor Building in Camden. As it turns out, the Walnut St. building was originally much more attractive, back when it was called ‘The Madison.’
Now known as Walnut Plaza, the building has some of the more affordable condo units in the city, considering the location. And soon, it will probably have sushi, too.