This 12,000 square foot project began when Goldman Properties contracted Erdy McHenry Architecture to transform an existing vacant building, located at the corner of 13th and Sansom Streets in Center City, Philadelphia, into loft apartments. The six-story structure was renovated into five, single-story lofts with a ground floor that’s comprised of retail space. Each apartment is now equipped with new kitchen and bath facilities, hardwood acoustical flooring, private elevator access, and a balcony overlooking Sansom Street.
In addition to a complete overhaul of the building’s interior space, a historical renovation of the exterior was implemented. This entailed the replacement of damaged windows and metal paneling on existing bay window projections, and installing new balconies to replace the existing egress balconies.
The original building structure was slender in nature, which enhanced the ability to maximize natural light as part of the renovations. Three bay windows on the south façade provide expansive views of the city while flooding the space with sunlight. Similarly, a western bay window is placed in each dining nook adjacent to the lofts’ kitchens.
Above each kitchen stands a platform that holds a small sleeping loft. The sleeping lofts are held tight to the building’s elevator shaft. Each apartment is serviced by a new ADA compliant elevator with individual key access for security that allows users to communicate with either the building lobby or apartment.