The Dorchester 224-30 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia PA 19103

People who choose sophistication and luxury prefer Rittenhouse Square which is at the apex of Center City’s neighbourhoods. The Dorchester building has thirty-two stories above the Rittenhouse Square; The Dorchester has the best sights the city has to provide. Whether being welcomed back by the security officer every night or relaxing by the pool on the penthouse-level roof deck, occupants experience real luxury living.

The entrance is a peaceful and calm place for the occupants and visitors to relax before going out to their favourite restaurants Philadelphia has to provide. Every unit has its distinct environment, with views from all directions of the city; potential residents may select the home which fits their standards, from comfortable studios to extensive three bedrooms.  The units consist of fully advanced, living room, office, featuring a custom kitchen, dining room, and separate laundry room among other rooms.

Every unit has almost 1,826 square feet of inner space with nearly 2,000 total square feet comprising of two terraces. The rooms have elegant finishes such as granite countertops in master bathroom and kitchen. Also, the rooms have marble on the floor and ceiling. It has fixtures, appliances, cabinets like GE Profile, Kohler sinks, Kohler Jacuzzi, Sub Zero, Bosch, Instant Hot dispenser, Baci, Hans, and Hunter Douglas among other appliances.

When one looks through the window walls, one can see the overview of the entire Rittenhouse Square that is in the heart of the city. It is located in the Southwest corner of the Rittenhouse Square in the most desirable location. It has thirty-two floors above Rittenhouse Square thus offers the panoramic sight of Rittenhouse Square which has survived for over 300 hundred years as a green oasis.  It has a Valet Parking Garage in the underground. Package rooms for dry cleaning.

Condo fees are comprising of all heating, electric, basic Comcast digital cable, and fitness center membership. It has a free fitness center with different weights and cardio machines.  On the 32nd floor, there is the famous Penthouse Pool that offers the panoramic views of Rittenhouse Square, South Philadelphia sports complexes, City skyline, New Jersey, Art Museum Area, and University City. During Friday and weekends, the membership fee is needed though from Monday to Thursday no fee is required. The building is maintained on a daily basis since there is a maintenance department on the location.  There is a spacious bicycle room which is secured and storage lockers. Taxis are found at the front of the apartment for easy transportation. No smoking room in the building since it is non-smoking building from 2010     In the neighborhoods of The Dorchester, there are the popular the beautiful Rittenhouse Square, desirable theatres, restaurants, and museums.

The Rittenhouse Square hosts several events like The Little Friends Festival, The Ball on the Square, and multiple arts and crafts demonstrations, and seasonal farmers markets. The Rittenhouse Square popular restaurants Center City has to provide like La Croix, Barclay Prime, Rouge, and Devon. There is the Schuylkill River on the West of Rittenhouse Square. Towards the east of the Square, there is Chestnut and Walnut Streets that have Philadelphia’s best shopping like the Brooks Brothers, Michal Kors, and Apple. There are the Avenue of the Arts to east and south of the street: Wilma Theatre, Merriam Theatre, The Kimmel Center, Academy Music, and Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Also, to the north, there are the Franklin Institute, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Ben Franklin Parkway. 

 

HISTORY

The Dorchester building on Rittenhouse Square was opened in 1963. Its opening was a milestone since it was luxury apartment building compared to some traditional apartments, comprising some mansions, on 20th street and Rittenhouse Square. The Dorchester building was designed and developed by William Zeckendorf, who is well-known New York constructor.  He is also accredited for building the United Nations headquarters. William Zeckendorf constructed The Dorchester to accommodate Philadelphia's growing population, and to cater for the need for additional residential flats in Center City.     

Milton Schwartz, the architect, Initially, Milton Schwartz who was an architecture recommended two towers having an opening between them. However, Mr Zeckendorf rejected his recommendation. Later, they adopted the L-shaped design for The Dorchester building. The building acquired the name The Dorchester from a London landmark just like other buildings on Rittenhouse Square like The Savoy, The Barclay, and The Claridge. The Dorchester was unique building on Rittenhouse Square since it was the first apartment to apply the uncovered concrete as an outside finish. Also, The Dorchester provided a range of units comprising studio, one, two, and three bedroom flats. The Dorchester's design of studios was indifferent to the Pre-War houses on Rittenhouse Square which covered half and full floors.     

During the 1970s, rents raised to a thousand dollars each month for a two-bedroom apartment. This increase of rent meant that only wealthy persons could afford to pay that rent. Successful entrepreneurs, elected officials, celebrities, and media personalities were attracted to The Dorchester apartment. The penthouse pool that The Dorchester had was the gathering spot for several socialites and their associates.     

Robert Sheridan & Partners in 1980s transformed The Dorchester building to condominiums. The Dorchester's condos were in high demand and were sold out immediately. Most of the apartments were purchased by the present tenants of the building. On Rittenhouse Square, The Dorchester building has remained to be the most vibrant residential over the years.