The Alexander, a 32-story, 483,000-square-foot brick and masonry residential tower at 1601 Vine Street in Philadelphia, officially opened this evening.
The Alexander offers 277 rental apartments and 13 three-story townhouses. The residential tower carries forward the buff-brick and stone expression typical of Philadelphia apartment buildings; symmetrical facades are broken down with elements at intermediate scales, with setbacks, groupings of windows traced in stone trim, balconies and terraces, and a sculpted skyline profile all reducing the visual mass. Street-level shops wrap the tower's 16th Street and Vine Street facades, bringing the urbanism of Center City north of the Vine Street Expressway. The Alexander is part of a mixed-use development that also includes our firm's 24,000-square-foot Georgian meetinghouse (2017), a place for worship and community for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Philadelphia. A landscaped privately-owned public street, 16-1/2 Way, between the meetinghouse and the apartment tower, connects Vine Street and Wood Street; a mid-block motor court accommodates resident and guest drop-off. The Alexander extends to the east the street wall of the Family Court, the Free Library, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple that runs east-west along Vine Street to form the northern edge of Logan Square.