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New 1911 Walnut tower renderings revealed, then vanish from website

After six months of silence

It’s been quiet for months regarding 1911 Walnut, a mixed-use tower planned for Rittenhouse Square, until last Friday when a slew of new renderings were posted to the developer's website.

By Monday morning, however, the renderings mysteriously disappeared.

We were able to take a peek at the new designs before they vanished, though, and what we can tell you is that it looks like the Warwick Apartment House will not be demolished, along with the Rittenhouse Coffee House.

Friends of the Boyd, which posted this rendering on Facebook on Friday, says that the Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home will be demolished.

1911 Walnut is the second Philly-based project for developer Southern Land Company. We last heard about the tower in January, when plans were presented to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

At the time, the future of three historic properties next to the site remained in question. Rittenhouse Square Coffee House had been saved from demolition, but the Warwick Apartment House and Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home were still in limbo.

In January the architects, Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architecture, were also toying between two brick colors for the retail on Sansom Street. According to the new renderings, they’re going with red brick.

The height of the building is still unclear, though the website initially said it will be "approximately 50 stories." The description also stated that the renderings are not final or approved. It has yet to go to the Civic Design Review, though perhaps—fingers crossed—that may happen soon.

We reached out to Southern Land Company for confirmation on all accounts and to get a better idea of the project timeline. They had not responded at the time of publication, but we will update if and when we learn more.

1911 Walnut

1911 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Visit Website

1911 Walnut

1911 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA