• chevron_rightHow many units are in The Philadelphian?
    There are currently 753 residential units.  This is fewer than the original 776 residential units because a few owners combined two units and another handful of units have been converted to offices.
  • chevron_rightHow many people live in The Philadelphian?
    Approximately 1,100 people live here.
  • chevron_rightWhen was The Philadelphian built?
    The Philadelphian opened its doors in 1963. Designed by noted architect Samuel Oshiver, it remains a classic of modern architecture. To learn more about our history, visit the About page here.
  • chevron_rightHow accessible is The Philadelphian?
    Whether you use your feet, a bicycle, a bus, or a car, you can get to and from The Philadelphian easily. The walk to Center City down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, about 1.5 miles, is lovely. Across the Spring Garden Bridge and through Powelton Village to West Philadelphia is also a nice stroll or bicycle ride. Our own shuttle bus takes you into town, and five city buses stop within two blocks of the building. Nearby ramps for Interstates 676 and 76 add to the Parkway's great car access, while train travel is just a few minutes away at 30th St. Station. Even Philadelphia's airport is just a 20-30 minutes' ride.
  • chevron_rightWhat are the volunteer opportunities?
    Inside the building, many residents volunteer to serve on committees and task forces that plan programs, help with operations, and offer recommendations on policy issues to the Board of the Philadelphian Owners Association (POA). The Board issues a "Casting Call" annually to identify new members for committees on Arts and Entertainment, Communications, Elections, Engineering, Finance and Budget, the Fitness Center, Internal Dispute Resolution, Landscaping, and Welcome. The Green Task Force also invites participation, and residents can apply to join special task forces that arise around specific needs.  
    Outside the building, residents tutor students at local elementary schools; volunteer at nearby institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Eastern State Penitentiary, and the Friends of the Free Library; and participate in nonprofit organizations of all kinds. Some residents find volunteer activities through the Fairmount Civic Association and Spring Garden-Fairmount Concerned Citizens.
  • chevron_rightWho makes decisions about the building?
    The Philadelphian Owners Association (POA), a nonprofit corporation in which all owners automatically become members, governs The Philadelphian. Owners invest the power to make policy and financial decisions in a seven-member Board, all of whose members are themselves owners. The Board members hold two-year terms, which are staggered so that some terms end each year. POA members vote on candidates for Board positions annually.
  • chevron_rightHow can owners participate in the decision-making process?
    Besides running for the Executive Board and voting in elections, all owners can attend the bi-annual open meetings, where they can ask questions and engage in debate. Residents can also write to Board members at any time. They can  volunteer for Board committees, which advise the Board on substantive issues and do much of the day-to-day work that makes The Philadelphian a vibrant community.
  • chevron_rightWhat is included in the monthly condo fees?
    Owners pay a monthly fee that covers their contribution to the operating budget and capital reserve fund. Included in this monthly assessment, which is set by the Board annually, are electricity, gas, water, sewer, a basic cable package, and amenities such as bus service to Center City. Many owners choose to contract directly with a cable provider at their own cost for additional television channels and internet access. 
  • chevron_rightHow large is the staff of The Philadelphian?
    The POA employs approximately 60 people on its full-time staff, plus additional people on a contract basis. Staff positions range from engineers, maintenance personnel, and office staff behind the scenes to concierges and parking attendants on the front lines. The people who fill these roles combine an enormous range of skills and experiences with readiness to help residents solve problems and complete tasks. Some of them have worked at The Philadelphian for more than two decades. The staff report to the General Manager, who in turn reports to the Board. 
  • chevron_rightWhen are the front desk and the front door staffed?
    The front door and front desk are staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  This unusual level of coverage by friendly, helpful staff contributes enormously to residents' safety and convenience and the building's smooth operation.
  • chevron_rightHow do residents move bulk items to and from their units?
    The loading dock at the back of the building provides a convenient place for residents to unload their cars, which can be parked there for 30 minutes.  Residents can also schedule use of the loading dock for major deliveries, move-in and move-out days, and use by contractors working on unit renovation projects. A freight elevator in each wing and loaner shopping carts and trolleys help, too.  
  • chevron_rightWhat are the building's digital services?
    A basic cable service is included in your monthly assessment, and many residents contract with the provider for expanded Internet, telephone, and television services. Free WiFi is available in the social rooms and Fitness Center. Please note that cable service will be expanded to also include internet in 2022.
  • chevron_rightIs space provided for bicycle parking?
    The building has a number of spaces on the first floor for bicycle parking. Like car parking, these spaces become available on a first-come, first-serve basis and require an annual payment.  You can also keep your bicycle in your unit, but not on your balcony.
Renovations & Repairs
  • chevron_rightWhat are the restrictions on how I can change my unit?
    To ensure adherence to all legal and safety regulations, owners must receive approval from the management office before undertaking any work. These regulations can affect considerations as varied as placement and type of clothes dryers, the load on electrical circuits, and fire safety elements. Building rules also regulate the use of spaces visible from outside our units, such as balconies, windows, and front doors.  Other than these considerations, spelled out in greater detail in the residents' handbook (which an owner receives at the time of purchase), you can change your unit as you like. It's your castle!
  • chevron_rightWhat is the division of responsibilities for maintenance and upkeep between the owners association and individual owners?
    The Philadelphia Owners Association maintains common elements, such as the heating/cooling system in our units; all the building systems in the walls; and the common spaces, such as the lobby, hallway, and social rooms. Individual owners are responsible for everything else inside their units and the pipes under the bathroom floors. The residents' handbook, which you will receive at the time of purchase, spells out each party's responsibilities.
  • chevron_rightHow does The Philadelphian handle unexpected costs for major repairs?
    For more than a decade, The Philadelphian has been able to handle unexpected expenses through its normal budgeting process without special assessments. One example is a $13 million project, spread over 5 years, for work on the balconies and other areas of the facade. We were able to complete this project without special assessments because the POA assigns a sizable portion of our annual condo fees to a capital reserve fund. While the POA cannot guarantee that owners will always be able to avoid special assessments, the Board makes this an extremely high priority.