135 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA
This project is a multi-phase conversion of a 1920’s era 82,000 SF high rise apartment tower into 81 fully furnished luxury corporate suites with boutique hotel amenities. The resultant flagship building for the client is a new cornerstone for the preeminent civic square in Center City, Philadelphia.
Stanev Potts was engaged to rethink the entire second floor of a flagship luxury hotel on Rittenhouse Square, in order to provide a variety of new and improved amenities for the guests of the hotel. A screening room, two conference rooms, a fitness center and laundry facilities were laid out, centered around a reading room.
Extensive infrastructure replacement and upgrades to this historic landmark required complex regulatory compliance, including approvals from the art commission, historic commission, streets department, and the local civic association. These challenges were solved through extensive collaboration between the builder, client, engineers, and architecture teams, but still accomplished within ambitious project scheduling and budget targets.
Harking back to club rooms of the grand hotels of a bygone era, but translated into a modern, contemporary vocabulary that fit with the brand and feel of the hotel’s current persona, hand rubbed gray stain on white oak panels were developed, with a custom bookshelf wall, an old fireplace re-envisioned in gray and black veined stone, and integrated custom millwork doors and sidelights into the conference rooms.