In December, we told you about the demolition of the Sidney Hillman Medical Center, a modernist building next to a much smaller but still historic building originally designed by William Eyre. In the months since, construction has progressed at this site at 2116 Chestnut St., though there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Check it out:
From another angle
When all is said and done, there will be ground floor retail on Chestnut St., a new space for the Hillman Medical Center, and a 34-story tower of 309 residential rentals. In case you don’t recall, design work was done by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. Here’s a quick rendering, so you’re prepared for the finished product:
Looks nice at rendering dusk
We’ll keep an eye on this site and maybe check back in six months.
The Sidney Hillman Medical Center, a modernist building at 2116 Chestnut St., is in the process of being torn down. According to Plan Philly, the building was designed by Magaziner & Ploss, and is barely sixty years old. Some argued for the preservation of this building, insisting that it represented an important example of modernist architecture in Philadelphia.
Looks like a High School. Image from Philly.com
Considering its location and our distaste for modernism, we’re not too bummed to lose this building, especially considering the project replacing it.
The demolition has been going on for a couple of weeks now.
Even more backlit
Replacing the building will be a new, mixed-use building developed by the John Buck Company, out of…