Brewerytown makes a big comeback thanks to a new residential address, and The Rittenhouse debuts a collection of chic suites.
The Rittenhouse’s new suites feature rich tones, plush furnishings, and views of Rittenhouse Square.
From homegrown breweries to the ever-expanding Philly Beer Week each June, Philly’s love affair with all things beer is no secret; credit that in part to the more than 700 breweries that once dotted North Philadelphia. Now that neighborhood, known as Brewerytown, is experiencing a comeback thanks to rapid development. The most high-profile project is the new The Fairmount @ Brewerytown, located at 1363 N. 31st Street in a former commercial warehouse on newly revitalized Girard Avenue. Housing 161 units in studio, one- and two-bedroom options, the loft-style apartments feature 21 unique floor plans. The building is pet-friendly, offering a rooftop dog park that borders a spacious deck and pool.
Dana Spain, managing partner at McSpain Properties, cites Brewerytown’s affordability and accessibility as the reason for the neighborhood’s sizzle “It’s minutes from Center City and University City, and within walking distance from Fairmount, all without the rental rates of other neighborhoods,” she says. The Fairmont honors historic Brewerytown with American pub-style restaurant The Crafthouse, located inside the building, which serves seasonal craft brews and dishes prepared by celebrity chef and longtime Philadelphian Brian Duffy
Proving that luxury has no bounds, one of Philly’s leading hotels has upped the extravagance on its accommodations. The Rittenhouse Hotel’s new R floor is a 15-room redesign of the hotel’s top level, including 11 suites all overlooking iconic Rittenhouse Square. The room aesthetic, a blend of modern and classic styles, was planned by renowned interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud and inspired by the Park Suites, which Champalimaud also designed in 2014. Limestone bathrooms and handcrafted furnishings embellish every room, from the Executive King room to the 1,700-square-foot Rittenhouse two-bedroom. “We’re very proud to offer these world-class accommodations, coupled with our personalized service, to both returning and first-time guests,” says the hotel’s general manager, Reg Archambault.
A rooftop pool is one of the cool perks at The Fairmount @ Brewerytown.
In University City, Drexel University is investing $16 million to expand its Korman Center, a public computing lab with multimedia classrooms for the university. Planned for completion next fall, Gluckman Tang Architects has been charged with expanding the building to bring it up-to-date with its neighboring facilities. In addition, Andropogon Associates designed a campus green space named the Korman Quadrangle to improve campus atmosphere and connectivity.
“This project presents an opportunity to engage and enhance the heart of the Drexel campus,” says Dana Tang, partner at Gluckman Tang Architects. “Our design aspires to give new life to the public face of the Korman Center by projecting openness and transparency and creating dynamic, day-lit interior spaces that connect with an active front porch on the Korman Quad.”