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Philly’s 13 tallest buildings by 2020, mapped

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Philly’s skyline has come a long way since 1987. That’s the year that One Liberty Place became the tallest building in the city, breaking the gentleman’s agreement that no building should ever surpass the height of William Penn atop City Hall.

By 2020, Philly’s skyline is going to look even more radically different. By then, the Comcast Center will have lost its title as the tallest building in the city, replaced by its new neighbor, the 60-story Comcast Technology Center. On the west banks of the Schuylkill River, the FMC Tower will still be the tallest tower, though not for long—construction on the many high-rises at Schuylkill Yards will be underway at that point.

As we watch the cityscape change before our eyes, here’s a look into the future with a map of what will be the tallest buildings in Philly by 2020.

The following high-rises are listed in order of height, from tallest to shortest.

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1. Comcast Technology Center

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1800 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

1,121 feet

The second $1.5 billion Comcast tower has already staked its place in the Philly skyline. When it's completely built in 2018, the 60-story tower will be the tallest building in the city, serving as headquarters for Comcast employees, a Four Seasons Hotel, and three condo units—all owned by the company's CEO. Here are 20 construction photos to ogle over as you wait for the city's first supertall tower, designed by Foster + Partners, to finish up. 

An aerial view of city buildings in Philadelphia including the Comcast Technology Center. Courtesy of Comcast

2. Comcast Center

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1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

974 feet

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the 57-story tower Comcast Center is currently the tallest building in Philly and Pennsylvania, until it is surpassed by its neighboring Comcast Technology Center (#1). When it opened in 2008, it officially became the tallest LEED-certified building in the city.

The Comcast Center in Philadelphia. The facade is glass. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

3. One Liberty Place

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1650 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

945 feet

When it was built in 1987, One Liberty Place became the tallest building in Philadelphia, and most notably, the first skyscraper to break the gentleman’s agreement that no building should ever surpass the height of the William Penn statue atop City Hall. The 61-story tower was designed by Helmut Jahn.

The top of a tall skyscraper in Philadelphia, One Liberty Place. The design is geometric and the facade is glass. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

4. Two Liberty Place

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1601 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

848 feet

Two Liberty Place was built just three years after One Liberty Place was completed, becoming the second tallest building in the city. The 58-story tower is a mix of office and residential. In December 2016, a penthouse on the 57th floor sold for $11 million.

The facade of Two Liberty Place in Philadelphia. The facade is glass. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

5. BNY Mellon Center

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1735 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

792 feet

Coming in at No. 6 is the BNY Mellon Center, which was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in 1990. The 54-story office tower features the private, aptly-named Pyramid Club on the 52nd floor. And the lobby happened to make an appearance in the Tom Hanks movie “Philadelphia.”

The exterior of the BNY Mellon Center in Philadelphia. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

6. Three Logan Square

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1717 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA

739 feet

Originally called the Bell Atlantic Tower, this 55-story building was designed by local firm Kling Lindquist and built in 1991. Today, it’s owned by Brandywine Realty Trust, which renamed it Three Logan Square. Last summer, it opened a seasonal beer garden on the 50th floor, calling itself the world’s highest beer garden.

The exterior of Three Logan Square in Philadelphia. The facade is geometric with multiple windows. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

7. FMC Tower

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2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA

730 feet

When it opened its doors at the end of 2016, the FMC Tower became the tallest building in University City and will remain that way until the first few Schuylkill Yards towers top out. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the tower is headquarters for FMC, Brandywine Realty Trust, and other companies, and is home to AKA University, which takes up the upper levels of the building.

The exterior of the FMC Tower in Philadelphia. The facade is glass. Photo by Melissa Romero

8. G. Fred DiBona Jr. Building

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1901 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

625 feet

Originally known as the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower or IBX Tower, the headquarters for Independence Blue Cross was renamed the G. Fred DiBona Jr. building in 2005 in honor of the late CEO. The 45-story tower was designed by WZMH Architects in 1990, amid the rest of the Center City construction boom happening at that time. A second tower was included in the original plan, but that never came to fruition. Now on that site is 1919 Market, a residential building.

The exterior of the G. Fred DiBona Building in Philadelphia. The roof is sloped and the facade is glass. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

9. W Hotel & Element by Westin

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1441 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

582 feet

Slowly but surely, the W Hotel & Element by Westin have been rising over at 15th and Chestnut streets. Designed by Cope Linder Architects, the 51-story tower will feature separate entrances for the two hotels and be a 773,500-square-foot LEED-certified project. It’s expected to open in 2018.

The exterior of the W Hotel and Element by Westin in Philadelphia. The facade is glass and the roof is geometric. Rendering by Cope Linder Architects

10. SLS International Hotel & Residences

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S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA

566 feet

Dranoff Properties and SBE Entertainment Group are behind this proposed 566-foot-tall hotel and condo project on the former site of Philadelphia International Records. The highly-anticipated project was announced four years ago and has yet to break ground (they’ve applied for a $19 million state grant to begin construction), so the 45-story hotel making it this list is an optimistic assumption that it will open by 2020 if all goes to plan from here on out.

The exterior of the SLS International Hotel and Residences in Philadelphia. The facade is red with glass. Rendering by KPF Architects and Cope Linder

11. One and Two Commerce Square

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2005 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

565 feet

Tying for 11th place are One and Two Commerce Square, the two twin buildings that both clock in at 565 feet. When the towers and public plaza were completed in 1990, they were called “one of the finest commercial projects to be built in this century” by city planner Edmund Bacon. The identical buildings, now owned by Brandywine Realty Trust, were designed by IM Pei & Partners. Olin designed the plaza.

The exterior of One and Two Commerce Square in Philadelphia. The facades are brown brick. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

12. 1911 Walnut

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1911 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

565 feet

This 47-story is slated for the last-remaining vacant lot in Rittenhouse Square. Developed by Southern Land Company and designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architecture, 1911 Walnut was originally supposed to be 599 feet tall, but most recent plans now call for a 565-foot tower with up to 355 residential units. One historic structure, the Oliver H. Bair Funeral home, will be demolished to make way for the tower. If the project breaks ground by this summer, it could very well earn its place in the skyline by 2020.

The exterior of 1911 Walnut in Philadelphia. The facade is glass with many windows. Rendering by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architecture

1. Comcast Technology Center

1800 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
An aerial view of city buildings in Philadelphia including the Comcast Technology Center. Courtesy of Comcast

1,121 feet

The second $1.5 billion Comcast tower has already staked its place in the Philly skyline. When it's completely built in 2018, the 60-story tower will be the tallest building in the city, serving as headquarters for Comcast employees, a Four Seasons Hotel, and three condo units—all owned by the company's CEO. Here are 20 construction photos to ogle over as you wait for the city's first supertall tower, designed by Foster + Partners, to finish up. 

1800 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

2. Comcast Center

1701 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
The Comcast Center in Philadelphia. The facade is glass. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

974 feet

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the 57-story tower Comcast Center is currently the tallest building in Philly and Pennsylvania, until it is surpassed by its neighboring Comcast Technology Center (#1). When it opened in 2008, it officially became the tallest LEED-certified building in the city.

1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

3. One Liberty Place

1650 Market St, Philadelphia, PA
The top of a tall skyscraper in Philadelphia, One Liberty Place. The design is geometric and the facade is glass. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

945 feet

When it was built in 1987, One Liberty Place became the tallest building in Philadelphia, and most notably, the first skyscraper to break the gentleman’s agreement that no building should ever surpass the height of the William Penn statue atop City Hall. The 61-story tower was designed by Helmut Jahn.

1650 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

4. Two Liberty Place

1601 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
The facade of Two Liberty Place in Philadelphia. The facade is glass. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

848 feet

Two Liberty Place was built just three years after One Liberty Place was completed, becoming the second tallest building in the city. The 58-story tower is a mix of office and residential. In December 2016, a penthouse on the 57th floor sold for $11 million.

1601 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

5. BNY Mellon Center

1735 Market St, Philadelphia, PA
The exterior of the BNY Mellon Center in Philadelphia. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

792 feet

Coming in at No. 6 is the BNY Mellon Center, which was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in 1990. The 54-story office tower features the private, aptly-named Pyramid Club on the 52nd floor. And the lobby happened to make an appearance in the Tom Hanks movie “Philadelphia.”

1735 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

6. Three Logan Square

1717 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA
The exterior of Three Logan Square in Philadelphia. The facade is geometric with multiple windows. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

739 feet

Originally called the Bell Atlantic Tower, this 55-story building was designed by local firm Kling Lindquist and built in 1991. Today, it’s owned by Brandywine Realty Trust, which renamed it Three Logan Square. Last summer, it opened a seasonal beer garden on the 50th floor, calling itself the world’s highest beer garden.

1717 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA

7. FMC Tower

2929 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA
The exterior of the FMC Tower in Philadelphia. The facade is glass. Photo by Melissa Romero

730 feet

When it opened its doors at the end of 2016, the FMC Tower became the tallest building in University City and will remain that way until the first few Schuylkill Yards towers top out. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the tower is headquarters for FMC, Brandywine Realty Trust, and other companies, and is home to AKA University, which takes up the upper levels of the building.

2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA

8. G. Fred DiBona Jr. Building

1901 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The exterior of the G. Fred DiBona Building in Philadelphia. The roof is sloped and the facade is glass. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

625 feet

Originally known as the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower or IBX Tower, the headquarters for Independence Blue Cross was renamed the G. Fred DiBona Jr. building in 2005 in honor of the late CEO. The 45-story tower was designed by WZMH Architects in 1990, amid the rest of the Center City construction boom happening at that time. A second tower was included in the original plan, but that never came to fruition. Now on that site is 1919 Market, a residential building.

1901 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. W Hotel & Element by Westin

1441 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The exterior of the W Hotel and Element by Westin in Philadelphia. The facade is glass and the roof is geometric. Rendering by Cope Linder Architects

582 feet

Slowly but surely, the W Hotel & Element by Westin have been rising over at 15th and Chestnut streets. Designed by Cope Linder Architects, the 51-story tower will feature separate entrances for the two hotels and be a 773,500-square-foot LEED-certified project. It’s expected to open in 2018.

1441 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

10. SLS International Hotel & Residences

S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
The exterior of the SLS International Hotel and Residences in Philadelphia. The facade is red with glass. Rendering by KPF Architects and Cope Linder

566 feet

Dranoff Properties and SBE Entertainment Group are behind this proposed 566-foot-tall hotel and condo project on the former site of Philadelphia International Records. The highly-anticipated project was announced four years ago and has yet to break ground (they’ve applied for a $19 million state grant to begin construction), so the 45-story hotel making it this list is an optimistic assumption that it will open by 2020 if all goes to plan from here on out.

S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA

11. One and Two Commerce Square

2005 Market St, Philadelphia, PA
The exterior of One and Two Commerce Square in Philadelphia. The facades are brown brick. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

565 feet

Tying for 11th place are One and Two Commerce Square, the two twin buildings that both clock in at 565 feet. When the towers and public plaza were completed in 1990, they were called “one of the finest commercial projects to be built in this century” by city planner Edmund Bacon. The identical buildings, now owned by Brandywine Realty Trust, were designed by IM Pei & Partners. Olin designed the plaza.

2005 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

12. 1911 Walnut

1911 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The exterior of 1911 Walnut in Philadelphia. The facade is glass with many windows. Rendering by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architecture

565 feet

This 47-story is slated for the last-remaining vacant lot in Rittenhouse Square. Developed by Southern Land Company and designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architecture, 1911 Walnut was originally supposed to be 599 feet tall, but most recent plans now call for a 565-foot tower with up to 355 residential units. One historic structure, the Oliver H. Bair Funeral home, will be demolished to make way for the tower. If the project breaks ground by this summer, it could very well earn its place in the skyline by 2020.

1911 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103