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Eight Architecturally Significant Rental Buildings in Philly

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Most rentals in Philly are rowhomes or subdivided rowhomes, but that doesn't mean that Philly is bereft of architecturally significant rentals for those looking for an aesthetically pleasing, interesting building to live in. Here's a map of eight of Philly's most architecturally interesting rentals.


If you feel your building ought to be included, or if you're enraged that we somehow missed your favorite edifice in the city, please do let us know. We may just include your intel in this map's next incarnation.

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1. Society Hill Towers

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220 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-1503
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Designed by I.M. Pei as part of an effort to reinvest in the Society Hill neighborhood, the Society Hill Towers offered 624 rental units until they were converted to condos in 1979. Though it's no longer a rental building, it's still a Philly landmark.

2. Guild House

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711 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Designed by Robert Venturi, the Guild house is an early example of postmodern architecture, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, even though it's much younger than most buildings on the list. It provides housing for low-income seniors, and was commissioned by a Quaker organization.

3. The Piazza

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1001 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 825-7552
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Though the Piazza has its share of critics, it is certainly one of Philly's landmark rental buildings. The Piazza, with its interior courtyard and mixed use design is hailed as a successful placemaking endeavor in Northern Liberties. [Photo by Laura Kicey]

4. Packard Motor Building

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317 N. Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Once a showroom and assembly plant for Packard Automobiles, this North Broad loft building showcases the adaptive reuse trend sweeping the city. The elaborately ornamented building itself was built in 1910

5. The Touraine

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1520 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Once a grand hotel, The Touraine was built to impress in 1917. Now it's a luxury apartment building with a unique penthouse at the top

6. The Drake

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1512 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 545-6900

Before it was a luxury rental building, The Drake was a luxury hotel. The Art Deco building is stunning but unsubtle: the ornamentation includes images of "dolphins, shells, sailing vessels and globes."

7. The Modules at Templetown

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1417 N 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19121
(215) 232-3707
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This example of efficient contemporary architecture was built to house 180 Temple students. The building is significant mostly because of its modular efficiency, and because of its eco-friendliness.

8. Morgan Hall - Temple University

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Temple's newest building, a student residence hall, is also North Philly's tallest tower. The mixed use building comes attached to an elevated lawn, and includes enough space for 1,275 students.

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1. Society Hill Towers

220 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Designed by I.M. Pei as part of an effort to reinvest in the Society Hill neighborhood, the Society Hill Towers offered 624 rental units until they were converted to condos in 1979. Though it's no longer a rental building, it's still a Philly landmark.

220 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. Guild House

711 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Designed by Robert Venturi, the Guild house is an early example of postmodern architecture, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, even though it's much younger than most buildings on the list. It provides housing for low-income seniors, and was commissioned by a Quaker organization.

711 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. The Piazza

1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Though the Piazza has its share of critics, it is certainly one of Philly's landmark rental buildings. The Piazza, with its interior courtyard and mixed use design is hailed as a successful placemaking endeavor in Northern Liberties. [Photo by Laura Kicey]

1001 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

4. Packard Motor Building

317 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Once a showroom and assembly plant for Packard Automobiles, this North Broad loft building showcases the adaptive reuse trend sweeping the city. The elaborately ornamented building itself was built in 1910

317 N. Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. The Touraine

1520 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Once a grand hotel, The Touraine was built to impress in 1917. Now it's a luxury apartment building with a unique penthouse at the top

1520 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. The Drake

1512 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Before it was a luxury rental building, The Drake was a luxury hotel. The Art Deco building is stunning but unsubtle: the ornamentation includes images of "dolphins, shells, sailing vessels and globes."

1512 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

7. The Modules at Templetown

1417 N 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

This example of efficient contemporary architecture was built to house 180 Temple students. The building is significant mostly because of its modular efficiency, and because of its eco-friendliness.

1417 N 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19121

8. Morgan Hall - Temple University

Philadelphia, PA 19121

Temple's newest building, a student residence hall, is also North Philly's tallest tower. The mixed use building comes attached to an elevated lawn, and includes enough space for 1,275 students.