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Hidden City Features Saint Rita Place & Cascia Center

In the Press
March 2024

Online publication Hidden City Philadelphia and author Stacia Friedman have again featured the work of CBP Architects. The award-winning design for Saint Rita Place & Cascia Center combines 46 one-bedroom residences for low-income seniors with a first floor gathering space for visitors to the adjacent Saint Rita of Cascia Church and Shrine. Friedman highlights the project as part of the firm’s portfolio of affordable and market-rate housing, drawing parallels between the attention to detail in both types of work.

“Saint Rita Place & Cascia Center can easily be mistaken for the upscale condos eating up South Broad Street, when, in fact, they are the opposite,” Friedman writes.

CBP Architects Associate Nora Bergsten, AIA, LEED AP, was interviewed for the article. She described the Saint Rita Place & Cascia Center design approach as cognizant of neighbor concerns and the prominent site. The interview touches on how embracing community informs much of CBP Architects’ work, from residences to civic buildings such as the Engine 37 firehouse in Chestnut Hill. Friedman relates the work to that of noted Philadelphia architect Louis Kahn, who worked on several affordable housing projects during his career.

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