Philadelphia is enriched by centuries-old tradition and history, looking to the past as a guide to the future, whose footsteps we'd like to follow as modern-day stewards and keepers of this ever-evolving city. And part of this evolution is Rittenhouse 1715 Square, where the city's past, present and future merge. The original structure was built in 1903 as the carriage house for the Alfred C. Harrison residence, for which he commissioned Philadelphia's then-most prestigious architectural firm, Cope & Stewardson, to design the house along with his residence and the Alfred C. Harrison building. Notably distinguishing the carriage house from the other buildings are the numbers above the stable doors at the entrance and the balconies with wrought iron decals. An amazing structure - quite refined!
Yes, we're small, but that works for us. We're relatively old as well - 110 to be exact. Sure, we're not as old as London, Athens or Rome. But old enough in modern history, a history we cherish, along with the wisdom of our country's revolutionaries. And we're a little bit quirky, too. After all, we did transform a turn-of-the-twentieth-century carriage house into a four-star boutique hotel - and every inch with five-heart service!
Life-long friends beginning in childhood, Walter Cope and John Stewardson were destined for immortality as they embarked on their architectural venture. Among their designs still extant are the University of Pennsylvania Museum (done in collaboration with the architectural firm Miles and Day); the quadrangle dormitories at the University of Pennsylvania; Blair Hall at Princeton University; and Rockefeller Hall at Bryn Mawr College. Their designs were influenced by three architectural styles: Collegiate Gothic for university buildings and Italian Renaissance and Romanesque for residential and industrial buildings.