With over 200 years of history, Rittenhouse Square remains the epitome of luxury living in downtown Philadelphia. Centered around its historic urban park and surrounded by luxury hotels, high rise condominium buildings, high end retail shops, and fine dining; Rittenhouse Square is a true reflection of the elegance and culture of Philadelphia. The Rittenhouse area is located in the heart of Center City between Broad and 22nd Streets to the East and West and Market to Pine to the North and South. Just a 15 minute walk in either direction to surrounding neighborhoods such as Fairmount / Art Museum, Logan Square, Fitler Square, Graduate Hospital, and Center City Midtown. Residents of this area have access to all that Philadelphia has to offer right outside their front door. This includes all the shops along Chestnut and Walnut Streets such as Barneys and Boyds, fine dining restaurants including Alma De Cuba, Parc Rittenhouse, Barclay Prime, and Rouge to name a few. Just minutes from City Hall and the Avenue of the Arts which features the Kimmel Center, Miriam Theater, and the Academy of Music. Rittenhouse Square is also a convenient location for students at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).

An Addition and a Sonder Coming to Historic Rittenhouse Building

It was nearly a decade ago, in the fall of 2012, when we last checked in on 1525 Chestnut St. in Rittenhouse. Back then we noted that this mini-skyscraper was primed for redevelopment, when a restaurant proposal followed a hotel proposal that went to the wayside during the financial crisis. Since then, the property has remained vacant, and in an unusual twist, it happens to be owned by former Philadelphia Phillie Garry Maddox. The Gold [...]
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Update: No Virgin Hotel, But Something Huge is Planned for Broad & Lombard

It was just this past March when we speculated that something big was coming our way from Goldenberg Group at 500 S. Broad St., as we shared renderings for a two-tower project which would be anchored by a Virgin Hotel. This came several years after an initial concept for the site was proposed, which included a glassy tower to the northern side of the lot. While we were thrilled to hear new details, we weren't [...]
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Southern Land Company Doubles Down on Rittenhouse Towers

While on our Rittenhouse Row retail round-up, we couldn't help but think about all the folks who would soon be patrons of these new businesses. There are numerous proposals close by, including an NYC-like skinny tower at 19th & Sansom. But today, we are focusing on two projects that are already in progress. Incidentally, both of these towers are coming to us from Nashville-based developer Southern Land Company and share Solomon Coldwell Buenz as the [...]
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A Retail Renaissance for Rittenhouse Row

If you were to poll everyone in greater Philadelphia and ask them to rank neighborhoods in terms of desirability, we'd be willing to wager that Rittenhouse Square would be near the very top of the list. The famous park, gorgeous architecture, and incredible proximity to the central business district make this perhaps the premier neighborhood in the city. Rittenhouse Row, running west along Walnut Street from Broad to 21st Street, is the heartbeat of the [...]
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A Redesign and Pivot to Labs for Glassy Overbuild at 23rd & Market

The business district of Philadelphia, primarily centered around Market Street in Center City west of Broad, doesn't exactly exude warmth. The glassy towers that line the stretch shot up mostly in the 1970s through the 1980s, with huge (for Philly) office buildings looming along this central thoroughfare. From City Hall to the Schuylkill River, there's not much in the way of architecture that reflects the city's older history, save for a few buildings here and [...]
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Long Blighted Building at 18th & Delancey Finally Coming Back?

The corner of 18th & Delancey is pretty much as prime a location as you'll find in the whole city. It's a block from Rittenhouse Square, some of the best restaurants in town are a stone's throw away, and it's surrounded by gorgeous examples of Philadelphia architecture. And yet, the building at 325 S. 18th St., on the southeast corner, has been sitting vacant and blighted for longer than we can remember. It's still sitting [...]
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Ten Residential Stories Coming to 22nd & Walnut Street

The Rittenhouse neighborhood is widely considered to be one of the premier parts of town, so it comes as no surprise that people want to live there. That being said, some parts of the neighborhood feel rather underdeveloped, or at least like they could take some steps toward higher and better uses. One such block is the 2200 block of Walnut, where a gas station takes up a good chunk of the block, and some [...]
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Virgin Hotel Coming to Broad & Lombard?!

The parcel at 500 S. Broad St. encompasses most of the block between S. Broad, 15th, Lombard & South Streets, save for a few row homes at the northwest corner. This block is best known as home to the a large surface parking lot, the former World Communications Charter School, and the historically designated former Health Center No. 1. You may recall, the latter building was put up for sale by the city in 2019. [...]
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Renderings for Townhome Project on Pine Street, But Plans Could Change a Bit

About a month ago, our gaze settled on the surface parking lot at the corner of Hicks & Pine, as we noted that this underused but excellently located property was likely on a path to leveling up. We pointed out that a project could rise here with a couple dozen units, if developers were inclined to pursue maximum density through zoning bonuses. Instead though, we shared that plans called for much less density and much [...]
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MMA Studio Taps Out For Huge New Homes at 24th & Chestnut

109-115 S. 24th St. finds itself tucked away in a curious nook in the Rittenhouse neighborhood. While sitting in close proximity to some of the poshest areas in town, this little section maintains a bit of its grittier past, with the Furness-designed Baltimore & Ohio Rail Station built in 1888 just steps away. When this elevated station went up next to the Chestnut Street Bridge, it was built on stilts, essentially making 24th Street a [...]
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