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Roaring 20s Resort Swings into the 21st Century in Style

Photos of the Green Hill Farms Hotel (above) and The Palmer (below) via Cross Properties

Originally constructed as "a respite for Philadelphia's elite and intelligentsia" in the 1920s, The Palmer is now primed for its reincarnation as a luxury apartment complex. The four-story, boutique-style complex, opening in May, features 110 one, two and three-bedroom residences. The property boasts resort-style amenities such as a saltwater pool and sunbathing terrace, a fitness center and yoga room, community garden, a dog run, guest suite, private lounge and library, culinary kitchen, and a 24-hour doorman and concierge desk.

Designed by famed Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer, the structure opened in 1922 as Green Hill Farms Hotel. The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary later converted the resort into classrooms and dormitories in 1939, and added a chapel in 1951. In 2012, Cross Properties purchased the building, and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. After a $35 million adaptive reuse and redevelopment of the eight-acre property, the 120,000-square-foot complex is set for its grand opening at the beginning of May.

"The Palmer is more than just an apartment community, it is a piece of Philadelphia history. Our intention is to retain, preserve and celebrate the original vision of the property, while integrating modern luxuries, technologies, conveniences and services," said Kevin Michals, Principal at Cross Properties.

Yes, sir, that's a beauty.


· The Palmer