The American Commerce Center Is Going To Touch The Philadelphia Sky

13 Mar

Your main man in the sky, Brad from, broke the STORY OF THE CENTURY in regards to Philadelphia architecture.  A new proposal has been unveiled for 1800 Arch St. (currently a horrific slab of nothingness):

This is American Commerce Center.

The vitals: 26 story hotel, 473′ to the garden accessible to hotel guests. 3-to-6 stories of street-accessible retail along Arch Street with a public garden facing the dome of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church, and another garden on the sixth floor, between Arch and Cuthbert and overlooking the one below. 63 story office tower, 1,210′ to the lower portion of the roof, 1,500′ to the top of the spire. All parking is underground, including dedicated bicycle parking. LEED gold.

Mayor Michael Nutter, via his Press Secretary Doug Oliver, believes that “it would be a spectacular addition to Philadelphia’s skyline. Sustainability efforts and building green continue to be hallmarks of this Administration and the plans for this particular project are consistent with those goals.” 

Simply spectacular. The nearby Comcast Center is going to be dwarfed by the new tower’s presence, and Liberty One and Two are going to simply look like child’s play.

Perhaps the most impressive thing involved with the American Commerce Center is that the developers (KPF) have already placed immeasurable importance on its interaction with the street, the people and the rest of the city.  A plaza, a setback from the street, and concern for the pedestrian.  And it looks like things are already in place to assuage any concerns about ‘destroying’ some sort of fake concern about ‘light’ or ‘views’.  These problems abound in a place like Rittenhouse Square, but precedent exists for skyscrapers in this area, and they’re replacing a freaking parking lot.  A parking lot.

Nothing but good news.  Dare I say it folks, but this has me damn excited.  Thanks for the breaking news Brad!


9 Responses to “The American Commerce Center Is Going To Touch The Philadelphia Sky”

  1. bmoredlj March 18, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    People who don’t like tall skyscrapers probably shouldn’t be living in large cities. They should be living in Jawbone, Montana or Pigear, Wyoming.

    Change is awesome. Bring on the ACC. Down with the Naysayers. The Comcast Center is lonely up there, and wants a big sister.

  2. david barillari pere March 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    You are back up and as funny as ever.


  3. cdero March 22, 2008 at 11:07 pm #

    Go for it. It will be better for us and the next generation.

  4. Robert March 24, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    The American Commerce Center will be a fascinating thing to see in ’09. The reason why I say that, is because I plan on going back in May of 2009

  5. Warren July 21, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    Philadelphia has huge growth potential and with another new addition such as the ACC that will only increase the growth of the city and lure in more business and other commerce from several different major cities. Ultimately if Philadelphia continues building at the same pace as they are we could grow larger than a city like Chicago.

  6. c February 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm #

    important correction: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is the ARCHITECT , not the developer. Walnut Street Capital is the client-developer, who initiated the design endeavor.


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