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Jannie’s Place


HopePHL (formerly People’s Emergency Center) began as a homeless shelter in West Philadelphia, committed to helping women and children who are in desperate need. As it evolved and expanded, the organization made a commitment to provide safe, attractive, and permanent housing. Jannie’s Place grew from that desire. HopePHL acquired a large, vacant site along 40th Street, less than a block from the Lancaster Avenue commercial corridor with a once-vibrant mix of housing. The site presented an opportunity to fill a literal and symbolic void in the struggling residential neighborhood.

CBP Architects designed a new, three-story building directly along the length of 40th Street, regaining both corners and reestablishing the street grid. The design breaks the scale of the long, linear building into rowhouse proportions appropriate to the neighborhood context. The façade juxtaposes red brick – the most common material in the surrounding architecture – with contemporary metal panel siding that injects playfulness and vibrancy into a building that offers a fresh start for mothers and their children. Jannie’s Place includes 29 units ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. A landscaped and fenced rear year with built-in bench seating and a paved terrace offers residents and their children a safe and appealing outdoor space to gather and play.

  • Project Category

    Affordable Housing

  • Client


  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Units


  • Number of Stores


  • Gross Floor Area

    40,000 sf

  • Program

    Affordable Housing & Supportive Services