Phase 2 Of Mormon Church Development Announced

 

Rendering of Mormon tower by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, via The Inquirer

Rendering of Mormon tower by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, via The Inquirer

  • The Mormon Church will further connect Center City with North Philadelphia with the infill of a vacant lot at 16th & Vine Streets, says The Inquirer, with the constructions of a 32-story mixed-use tower (258 apartments, 13 townhouses, and retail shops). A meetinghouse, between that tower and the temple now under construction, will include a chapel, courtyard, multipurpose space, and a genealogy center. Robert A.M. Stern’s firm is responsible for the design of the additional buildings; the meetinghouse, like his design for the Museum of the American Revolution, looks to the past for its architectural cues, while the residential tower, says Mormon scholar Armand Mauss, exemplifies the modern church’s attempt for a greater inner-city presence. If granted the necessary variances, the church expects a 2016 completion date.
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