Have you ever raised your eyes at the statement, ‘living history’? Well, not to spoil it for you - but if you’re living in Philadelphia, every day you’re in a place with longstanding historical roots. Philly’s history factors into almost every part of city life. One property that blends the history of Philadelphia with modern flair is the 2601 Parkway, also known as 2601 Pennsylvania Ave. If you’re looking for a spacious condo in the stylish Art Museum neighborhood, 2601 Pennsylvania Ave #706 has plenty to offer.
2601 Parkway dates all the way back the late 1920s when architect Paul Philippe Cret worked with developer Joseph Greenberg to envision a residential building in place of the former Baldwin Locomotive Works. Cret, famous for his designs including the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Rodin Museum, based 2601 Parkway off of New York City’s apartments. His grand vision was to recreate a building in the style of Park Avenue, and produced more than 70 design concepts for the building. Many of the early concepts included extravagant Moorish structures with 10 room multi-level residences, truly an amazing sight! These plans are hosted in the Cret collection at Philadelphia’s Athenaeum, and cover only a small portion of the ideas that Cret had for 2601 Parkway. While the apartments were downsized in later plans as a result of the Great Depression leading many to desire to simpler residences, the vision of Cret is still very much alive within the design and structure of the building.
Serving as a consultant while architects Aaron Colish and Sydney Martin worked on finished up the building. 2601 Parkway became the premier place to live when it was completed in 1939. The gorgeous marble lobby is host to a tile mural created by American painter Nicholas Marsicano and Dutch ceramicist Francis Seber, and only adds to the overall cultural and designer appeal of the 2601 Parkway condominiums. The impressive Art Deco style pervades throughout the building, and is highlighted by its location in the exciting Art Museum-Fairmount neighborhood. Within a half mile radius, this area is close to a variety of exciting locations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fairmount Farmer’s Market. Want to grab a bit to eat? You’re right next to a plethora of cultural cuisine, including the Figs Moroccan restaurant, home to an amazing Fig ice cream, the Dasiwa sushi bar, and the Isabel Mexican restaurant. And if you’ve managed to have enough fun and want to relax for the evening, you have a cozy condo waiting for you at 2601 Pennsylvania Ave #706.
Unlike many of the other units, this unit has an open floor plan with multi-directional views. Windows on opposite sides of unit create a refreshing cross breeze, and you can see the level of care and detail put into the renovations. The kitchen is complete with custom solid marble cabinetry with under mount lighting, stainless steel appliances and exquisite granite counters. The electric fireplace in the living room and HD TV and Hi Fi surround sound pre-wiring make this the perfect place for a relaxing movie night at home. Each bathroom boasts new marble tile floors and wainscoting with the tile chair rail, glass showing doors, and new fixtures. If you decide to check in with your condo association, you’ll find that there are a host of things to do, including a book club, yoga, or improve night. Other amenities include a fitness center, 24 hour door man, shuttle to and from downtown, and local shopping sites. You can never run out of things to do as a 2601 Parkway resident, and you’ll experience the best of Philadelphia’s historical and modern roots. How’s that for living history?