The north side of the 1600 block of Sansom Street has a fascinating recent history.
On the eastern side of the block, the former American Patriots Building, which nearly became a Hampton Inn in the late 1990's, is home to Oakwood Apartments. This building offers both corporate housing and market-rate rental apartments. On the west side of the block, the still-newish Hotel Palomar has reinvented the classic Deco gem, the Architects Building, offering luxury accommodations with a LEED Gold certification.
The middle of the block, 1605-27 Sansom St., is where things get really interesting. What's currently a surface parking lot was, for decades, a commercial strip that closely resembled the south side of the 1500 block of Sansom Street.