Before most Americans had heard of Louis Vuitton, there was the Belber Trunk & Bag Co., a Philadelphia manufacturer of fancy wardrobes and cleverly designed trunks ready to serve stylish travelers on their steamship and rail journeys. The company was so successful that in 1920, the family purchased the c. 1912 building at 2200 Arch and turned it into one of the country’s first factory/showroom/retail store combinations. Though the Belber brand went by the wayside in the 1970s, this building still has commercial space on the first floor and 11 floors of loft-style condominiums, some with absolutely stunning city views.
Located in the Art Museum Area, 2200 Arch is perfect for taking in whatever galleries you choose or enjoying the green space of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and nearby Fairmount Park. At the same time, it’s extremely convenient to 30th Street Station for train travel and the Market Street business district, University City and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The apartments at 2200 Arch are loft style with some exposed duct work and open-plan main living spaces. Some units have bedroom walls that extend full height; others are just partitioned as in a true loft. Wood floors, touches of exposed brick, 14-foot ceilings and large windows create inviting, light-filled living spaces. Though most units were converted around 2006, since then some apartments in the building have been remodeled to a designer level. A select few have private balconies.
There are one-, two- and three-bedroom condos in the building. Many of the two- and three-bedroom units have two full baths.
2200 Arch is a doorman building with deeded parking available. The lobby is inviting; two elevators serve the building. Pets are welcome, too.