Two Liberty Place and its predecessor, One Liberty Place, truly changed Philadelphia’s skyline when they were completed in 1990 and 1987, respectively. They were the first skyscrapers to break a gentleman’s agreement that existed in Philadelphia that no building should rise above the height of William Penn’s hat on top of City Hall — yes, this is why super high-rise skyscrapers were in short supply in Philadelphia until the 1990s, and why the city’s skyline very quickly became one of the East Coast’s most beautiful. Two Liberty Place, originally built as office space and Philadelphia’s third-tallest tower, plays an important role in that skyline.
In 2008 after several years of construction to convert office space to residential, the first buyers of The Residences at Two Liberty Place moved in. The condominiums begin on the 37th floor which is used mostly for amenities, including the R2L restaurant, with actual residential units on floors 40 through 57. The penthouse units on floors 54 through 57 are absolutely spectacular spaces day or night. They are two- and three-bedroom homes that were recently finished with state-of-the-art interior designs and are offered at $2,500,000. The price per square foot rises as one goes higher on the penthouse levels. The remainder of the residential units are mostly two and three bedrooms.
One of the benefits to residents of Two Liberty Place is preferential treatment at R2L, the restaurant on the 37th floor of the building. Helmed by renowned chef Daniel Stern, residents may enter the restaurant via private entrance. They may also order in-home dining from the restaurant, attend complimentary cooking classes and seminars, and have the restaurant store their wine collections in a secure, climate-controlled locker.
Resident amenities at Two Liberty Place are being redesigned by Philadelphia-based architect Cope Linder to reflect more of a private-club sensibility, but fresh, never stodgy. The Sky Club includes an owner’s lounge with billiards parlor and game room, 90-inch television for sports and movies and a relaxing conversation area to catch up with neighbors.
The Sky Club also includes a business center with boardroom ready for presentations, long meetings of all sorts and other business-related activities. It has fantastic views for all to enjoy. The fitness center on the 37th floor also is designed to embrace the views and has a full range of equipment, a yoga room and personal-training areas. Cool off with a swim in the indoor “endless” pool. Use the sauna and steam shower to relax sore muscles.
The lobby at Two Liberty sports a just-completed, million-dollar makeover (so new that our photo still shows the original lobby), just a taste of the investment being made in the remainder of the common areas on the 37th floor. Also newsworthy: A buyer purchased a penthouse at Two Liberty at the end of 2016, paying $10.9 million for a 6,600-square-foot mansion in the sky on the 57th floor.