1720 Lombard Street | Philadelphia, PA 19146
BEEKMAN PLACE is a Center City gem. It boasts a superior location, an undeniable charm, a wide variety of attractive apartment layouts, unmatched security, a most attentive management and even an interesting past.
There are just 40 units, making it a very manageable and comfortable size. The moderate size provides a more personal atmosphere rather than the impersonal nature of larger complexes.
|1 Bedroom||1/1||500-800||$1495-1850||Floor Plan|
|1 Bedroom||1/1||500-800||$1495-1850||Floor Plan|
|1 Bedroom + Den||1/1||500-800||$1495-1850||Floor Plan|
|2 Bedroom||2/1||800-1100||$2150-2350||Floor Plan|
|2 Bedroom Bi-Level||2/2||800-1100||$1995-2495||Floor Plan|
|Penthouse One Bedroom||1/1.5||800-1100||$1795-2595||Floor Plan|
|Penthouse Two Bedroom||2/2||800-1100||$1795-2595||Floor Plan|
Free Fitness Center nearby
Gas and electric included in rent
Washer/dryer in many units
Central air conditioning
High-speed Internet available
Breathtaking views in many apartments
Up to 2 cats permitted
$25/mo. pet rent
Sorry, no dogs permitted
Location, Location, Location
Near the front entrance is excellent public transportation.
Free Fitness Center
- Two ellipticals
- Two treadmills
- One recumbent bicycle
- One leg extension
- One leg curl
- One leg press
- One back-extension
- One cable crossover with adjustable pulleys
- One adjustable bench
The cable crossover is a very versatile and flexible machine. By itself it can be used to exercise most sections of the body. It is excellent for all upper body workouts.
The Fitness Center is open to residents 24/7.
There’s an Old World Charm that starts at the very entrance with a semi-circular brick wall enveloping a protected ante court. In the center of the wall is a quite substantial wrought iron gate that opens up onto a delightful landscaped, lighted European courtyard with flagstone paving. There are several apartments off the courtyard, two with secluded entrances. At the far end of the courtyard several flagstone steps lead to a lobby with front walls of glass and a tiled mosaic rear wall that, at night, is bathed in light and is a visible welcoming destination from the front gate.
Charm and character are also reflected in the apartments themselves.
BEEKMAN PLACE was originally an industrial building and converted to apartments in the mid ‘60s. The architectural creativity in orchestrating the conversion happily resulted in a variety of individual styles of apartments; half the apartments are one of a kind. One two-story apartment has a loft den and a two story living room with the vestiges of a gabled cedar shake roof along one wall. Some apartments have semi-circular windows.. The most dramatic of these are the huge semi-circular windows atop the glass sliding doors to the balconies of the penthouses. Most apartments have high ceilings with oversized windows that make them super bright; and on the south side they are veritably drenched in sunshine. The views merit mention: some apartments face the courtyard; some have a calming panoramic view to the south where you can see beyond Veterans Stadium; some have a Center City skyline view; and the views of the city from the penthouse balconies are truly awesome. Each apartment exudes charm, personality and character unknown in most elevator buildings with their “cookie-cutter” sameness.
An Interesting History
Wayfarer’s Lodge & Woodyard No. 1
OF THE PHILADA SOCIETY
FOR ORGANIZING CHARITY
The organization sold fire-wood. The poor would be offered lodging and meals. In return they would chop the wood to be sold. Apparently the income was not enough to support the operation and so it was supported by the charitable organization. The organization had other similar sites.
The building was taken over by Abbott Laboratories circa, 1920, and, in its first “career change”, the building applied itself to for-profit industrial use.
Its second and final “career change” occurred in the mid- to late-sixties when it was converted into an apartment building.
The architecture of the conversion was first class. The original industrial type construction resulted in today’s high ceilings for most of the apartments and in many of their charming features, such as the arched windows. However, the building was poorly maintained. In 1976 Al Shapiro, DBA Savoy Properties, bought the property and restored it to the architects design. Although the conversion was only about 8 years old and major parts of the building such as the elevator, the air-conditioning and the roofing should have been in good condition, he replaced the elevator machinery and controller, and the roofing and installed a new much larger chiller. He also renovated the hallways and the apartments, upgrading the bathrooms and kitchens. Several years ago, with a new architectural design reflecting the original use of the building, he redid the courtyard. The inviting landscaped European courtyard is the result.
BEEKMAN PLACE continues to be well maintained and operated with dedication and commitment by the same owner/management since 1976.