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Vote for Philly’s best new building of 2018

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Looking back over the biggest construction projects in the last year

Courtesy of Lincoln Square

As 2018 wraps up, we want to look back on the year’s biggest and best. That means the biggest developments, the most popular house listings, the craziest news stories, and more.

Today, we’re looking specifically at major buildings that finished construction this year, and we want to hear from you. What building stood out above the rest? What was architecturally the most interesting? What was the most controversial? Which one did you simply like more than the others.

We couldn’t include all the new construction from 2018 on this list, so we put those that were the most talked about or had the biggest impact. If we left off your favorite, let us know in the comments.

Note: Please only vote once per person.

The Comcast Technology Center—At 60 stories, with 4,000 employees and an upscale, top-floor hotel, this center was certainly one of the most anticipated places in 2018. The 1800 Arch Street building finally opened this summer and let us inside for a tour, nearly four years after it broke ground. It’s the sister site to its neighbor, the Comcast Center, and it boasts a nearly all-wood lobby, massive glass walls, and a Four Seasons hotel and restaurant on top.

Rendering by BLT Architects

East Market—This is not really one building, but several that went up (and are still going up) in the Center City East Market development on 12th Street. This year the Ludlow luxury apartment building finally topped off, as well as The Girard. But there’s still more to come for this development in the next few years.

Courtesy of Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square—The long-awaited Lincoln Square development officially opened in September, marking the end to the nearly two-year-long construction project at Broad and Washington. The development is a nine-story, mixed-use place with 322 rental units that cost up to $3,200 a month. There’s also a Target, several other retail stores, and a Sprouts grocery store next door.

3675 Market St—The first big building at UCity Square opened in November, nearly two years after breaking ground in January, 2017. The all-glass building is 14 stories tall, and serves as headquarters for the UCity Science Center. It opened in November, Philly Business Journal reported.

Courtesy of Astoban Investment

2110 Walnut Street—This is a relatively small development (compared to others on this list) but it makes a big mark on the surrounding Rittenhouse neighborhood. Astoban Investments oversaw the project, which brought a glossy new condo building to an historic Frank Furness structure on Walnut Street.


Which 2018 construction was the best?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Comcast Technology Center
    (18241 votes)
  • 0%
    East Market
    (237 votes)
  • 53%
    Lincoln Square
    (21930 votes)
  • 0%
    3675 Market
    (387 votes)
  • 0%
    2110 Walnut
    (250 votes)
41045 votes total Vote Now

Comcast Center

1701 John F Kennedy Boulevard, , PA 19103

3675 Market St

3675 Market Street, , PA 19104

Comcast Technology Center

1800 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Visit Website

uCity Square

Filbert Street, , PA 19104 Visit Website

The Ludlow

1101 Ludlow Street, , PA 19107 Visit Website

Lincoln Square

1000 South Broad Street, , PA 19146 Visit Website