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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Philadelphia Apartments - Touraine - Center City

Touraine Apartments, 1520 Spruce St., Philadelphia PA 19102
Center City Philadelphia Apartment Rental

Located on a tree-lined street, midway between the refined brownstones and distinguished highrises of Rittenshouse Square and the revitalized business and entertainment district of center city Philadelphia, The Touraine stands tall as the epitome of elegance and sophistication. Touraine Center City Philly. Built in 1917, The Touraine has served a variety of purposes over the course if its illustrious lifespan, from grand hotel to residential hotel to condominium. The property was given new life in 1983 when well-known developer, Historic Landmarks for Living, acquired The Touraine and spent $16 million to transform it into a luxury apartment building.

From the classic porte cochere entryway to the elegantly appointed lobby to the exquisitely detailed and generously-sized apartments, The Touraine has redefined the art of luxury living. As a resident you'll enjoy all the comforts of home, along with the sophisticated services that you'd find in a fine hotel.

Today, The Touraine towers above the dramatic resurgence of Philadelphia's downtown district, and our residents are right in the center of it all-the fine shops of Rittenhouse Row, an appetizing array of restaurants, theaters, cultural attractions, plus the spectacular Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts and the business center of the city. For discerning residents, there's no greater luxury than living at The Touraine.

Philadelphia Apartment Rental Leasing Office: 215.735.8618

Imagine living in Philadelphia in the dynamic early 1900's. The downtown expanded as businesses prospered and retailers flourished. Majestic banks and office buildings rose to dramatic new heights along Broad Street and neighboring streets to the east and west. The curtains went up on dazzling new theaters and movie palaces. Grand hotels like the Bellevue Stratford, Ritz Carlton, Walton, along with residential hotels and elegant apartment buildings dotted the area, surrounded by refined brownstones.

In 1917, on quiet, tree-lined Spruce Street, renowned architect, Frederick Webber, was hired to design an elegant hotel at 1520 Spruce, next to the towering landmark Drake Hotel. Webber drew his inspiration from the handsome midrise hotels of Chicago and New York's Park Avenue. His 13-story design featured a porte cochere entryway, a distinctive architectural detail that has virtually vanished from the landscape of today's Philadelphia. The lobby was small and elegant, appointed with marble-tiled floors, fluted columns, sparkling crystal chandeliers, hand-finished moldings and pediment doorways, design details that have withstood time and the various transformations of The Touraine over the years.

Philadelphia Apartments. In 1983, the property was given new life when prominent developer, Historic Landmarks For Living, acquired the Touraine and invested $16 million to fashion a luxury apartment building. Great care was taken and no detail was overlooked during the restoration to create a quality of life that was second to none. The unique details of the building's distinctive exterior were painstakingly restored. The grand lobby was lavishly refurbished and acessorized with handsome furnishings and accents. A 24-hour doorman and front desk man serve as a sophisticated welcome. But it is the residences themselves that are the defining qualities of The Touraine.

Captivating, spacious floor plans were created to present a sense of home-style comfort. Large, leaded glass windows and French doors now invite plenty of natural light and impressive views into most residences. Many apartments feature ornamental fireplaces with hand-carved mantels, hardwood oak floors, intricate woodwork, European-style gourmet kitchens and an abundance of space. Historic Landmarks preserved the best details of the past and complemented them with a host of luxurious amenities.

The Touraine offers all the elegance, all the quality, all the comforts you'd expect living in a landmark. Come experience a lifestyle that towers above the rest, in a building that has no equal in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Apartment Rental Leasing Office: 215.735.8618

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