Positioned between Rittenhouse Square and the Avenue of the Arts (but typically considered part of the latter neighborhood), the Aria Condominiums are located at 1425 Locust Street in a 1920s Art Deco building with a striking facade. Designed by Edmund Gilchrist’s firm (he designed some outstanding French Norman- and English Cotswold-inspired “country houses” on Philadelphia’s Main Line that are notable to this day), this 33-story tower was originally known as the Lewis Building and was one of the city’s tallest office buildings until new construction started in Center City in the 1980s.
In 2005 the Lewis Building was sold to be converted to the Aria Condominiums with 107 units in the building and commercial space on the street level. Penthouses start on the 30th floor and offer outstanding views. Most of the Aria’s apartments have wood floors, contemporary cabinetry and quality materials and fixtures in the kitchens and baths, and plenty of windows.