Lyndon at the Curtis Center

Philadelphia, PA

Lyndon at the Curtis – a new collection of 63 luxury apartment homes in the heart of Philadelphia’s Washington Square neighborhood – is substantially complete.

DAS continues its work on the building’s rooftop penthouses, which are scheduled for completion in July. The luxurious apartments span the east and south sides of The Curtis, Keystone’s mixed-use reimagining of the iconic former publishing landmark and former home of magazine empire Curtis Publishing.

Overlooking Washington Square to the south and Independence Square to the east, the Lyndon occupies 90,000 square feet of the 912,000-square-foot, 12-story building. Residents enter by The Curtis’ main lobby, which features the iconic Dream Garden (1916), the 49-foot glass mosaic by Maxfield Parrish and Louis Comfort Tiffany, and stained glass by the famed D’Ascenzo Studios.

A modern adaptation of the concierge desk complements the historic marble entryway and a glass-enclosed elevator connects the grand lobby to residences above. From the second floor to the penthouse are 63, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, laid out in 23 different floor plans. A 9,000-square-foot amenity center on the 11th floor overlooks the atrium.

“We were inspired by the Curtis Publishing history and the Beaux Arts style to try to create high drama mixed with luxury throughout the building, but particularly for the amenity spaces,” said Susan M. Davidson, IDC, principal of DAS Architects. “Our strategy directs all avenues of experience to a central point of origin, a single grand room – the 11th floor Social Lounge. The Beaux Arts influenced the selection of colors, patterns, materials and lighting.”

Classic and modern, the Lounge resembles an elegant private club with two-sided marble fireplace surrounds, marble style floor patterns, and accent stone wall designs. Wall finishes feature decorative custom-stained wood paneling, composed around advancing and receding planes and highlighted with multiple corner elements. Richly-textured and deep-toned fabrics, and elaborately patterned carpet in modernized traditional patterns fill the space.

With a nod to the Tiffany stained-glass windows in the Atrium, the Lounge features custom light fixtures with decorative colored glass and metal finishes. Artwork celebrates the covers of Ladies Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post. A library, board room, fitness center, full kitchen, golf simulator, pool table and movie theatre are also on this floor.

Named for the Curtis family estate in Cheltenham, The Lyndon is now more than 75 percent leased. Monthly rentals range from $2,200 for a one-bedroom to $10,000 for a three-bedroom apartment.

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