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St. Rita Place & Cascia Center


Developed on a former parking lot in a prime Center City, Philadelphia, location, St. Rita Place is a new five-story, mixed-use building that serves the adjacent St. Rita of Cascia Church and Shrine and provides 46 one-bedroom residences for low-income seniors. The first floor houses the 7,500-sf Cascia Center, a gathering place for visiting pilgrims and a community center for peace and reconciliation.

CBP Architects sited the building tight along Broad and Ellsworth Streets, opening a plaza between the new building and the early 20th century limestone church. At ground level, the building angles back, creating both a vista and an inviting entryway into the landscaped outdoor space. Clad in red brick that references the surrounding residential neighborhood and contemporary masonry that reflects the limestone church, the design celebrates the juncture between the community and one of its most vibrant institutions. Residences are designed to encourage aging in place, with ensuite bathrooms and sliding barn doors. Large, operable windows fill the building with natural light and open the Cascia Center as a beacon of hope in the neighborhood. The highly efficient design promotes healthy environments and keeps resident utility bills low. Funded through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) low-income housing tax credit program, the project met Energy Star Multifamily High-Rise certification, Enterprise Green Communities certification, and PHFA Reduced HERS threshold.

  • Project Category

    Affordable Housing

  • Client

    Catholic Housing & Community Services

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Units


  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    53,000 sf

  • Program

    Affordable Senior Housing & Community Center