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The Philadelphian In Progress


Built in 1963 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the Fairmount neighborhood, The Philadelphian consists of three contiguous 20-story residential towers. A comprehensive architecture project combines significant repairs with renovations that update the building’s major public spaces for the 21st century.

CBP Architects addressed design challenges while maintaining the building’s architectural integrity, gently inserting new amenities. The renovation design reimagines and opens the main porte-cochere entry as a gracious portal, updates the lobby and adjacent lounges, and redesigns the Fairmount Terrace to create a lushly landscaped plaza that is inviting for both residents and visitors to the building’s restaurant and other retail spaces. The design retains the lobby’s soaring ceilings and grand scale while improving building security and updating aesthetics and functionality, including adding a secure storage room for resident packages. Materials such as travertine floors and limestone wall and column cladding are being preserved. The entry fountain has been completely redesigned and will be reclad in stone with new lighting and water flow for a more contemporary aesthetic. Custom artisan plasterwork and new lighting fixtures will contribute to a timeless appearance. When completed in 2024, the project will greatly improve the major common spaces within the complex, ensuring its responsiveness to the needs of modern residents.

  • Project Category

    Market Rate Multifamily

  • Client

    Philadelphian Owners Association (POA)

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Units


  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    40,000 sf

  • Program

    Renovations to Public & Amenity Spaces