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Wanamaker House


Located just off Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square and adjacent to the historic former mansion of department store magnate John Wanamaker, the Wanamaker House condominium building was constructed in the 1980s and its lobby, corridors, and amenity spaces were unchanged since construction. The outdated spaces required revitalization to compete with other nearby residential buildings.

CBP Architects designed a complete lobby renovation, opening a dark and circuitous series of confined spaces into an open and calming path to the elevator bank. The renovated lobby includes illuminated glass to offer a glowing nighttime presence along Walnut Street and a secure room for resident package storage and pickup. CBP Architects selected all furniture and artwork, including a prominent lobby sculpture by late Philadelphia artist Yvonne Bobrowicz. The renovation design also established new amenity spaces at the 33rd floor, comprising a business/study center and two distinct gathering areas. New millwork and sliding doors in the adjacent spaces enable comfortable and flexible use. Corridor updates, new wayfinding graphics, and refreshed marquee branding offer a sophisticated modern aesthetic throughout the 33-floor building. The renovation demonstrates how buildings of 40 years and older can keep up with the level of luxury and amenities sought by today’s high-end residents.

  • Project Category

    Market Rate Multifamily

  • Client

    Wanamaker House

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Units


  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    32,000 sf

  • Program

    Renovated Lobby, Amenity Floor & Residential Corridors