2020 2022 W Master Street Project



Until the mid-20th century, Lower North Philadelphia was a stable, diverse and thriving commercial/Residential district, with plentiful affordable housing for local brewery and factory workers. Residents cheered on the Philadelphia Athletics, a professional baseball team that had its home at Athletic Park on 26th and Jefferson. Post-war suburbanization, global manufacturing changes, and the concentration of exceptionally dense high-rise public housing exacted a heavy toll on the area, from which it is just beginning to recover. While the neighborhood is indisputably distressed, it has substantial upside commercial and residential market potential due to its proximity to the thriving Center City, cultural institutions and other strong neighborhoods. The southern boundary that separates the neighborhood from Center City is home to Fairmount and Francisville, two revitalized communities in which the city has strategically invested. Girard College, a community anchor institution is evaluating strategies to enhance its existing 43-acre site and surrounding neighborhood. The Athletic Recreation Center provides a full city block of athletic fields, basketball courts, a swimming pool and a 2-story building with boxing rings and gymnasiums. A Stabilizing and Growing Population

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A Stabilizing and Growing Population

In the last 10 years, Philadelphia’s Lower North District has begun to reverse its loss of residents. Its location close to Center City, the growth of Temple University, and ample access to mass transit have contributed to growth in several neighborhoods. 


Ready Access to Mass Transit

The Lower North District has extensive mass transit coverage, with stations for two subway lines and regional rail as well as a trolley and numerous bus lines. This accounts for transit ridership that is well above the citywide average.


 the housing market continues its recovery, households’ evolving needs are turning towards more urban and accessible types of development.  Households are looking for home exteriors that are low maintenance, relatively simple and sustainable, yet encourage integration with the broader urban fabric that typically occurs within an infill context.

It is essential to understand the local social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts in order to come up with sustainable architectural solutions. In other words, the site context from which a problem occurs and a project arises is as important as the end result

In summary, there is both enormous need and much to build on within this community.




TOD (Transit Oriented Development) Homes built in an urban environment have easy access to public transportation and highway access. 2020 Master is in short walking distance to a variety of public transportation options,regional rail as well as trolley and numerous bus lines. This includes Ridge Avenue one block east, Girard Av,e and the Broad street Orange line 5 blocks east at Broad & Girard. 

A walking neighborhood. Center city is also within walking distance as are shops along Broad street, Girard Avenue, and Fairmount Avenue. 


Existing Stock Retrofit:Whole-home energy efficiency retrofit programs are experiencing an unprecedented period of growth, expansion, and public exposure. The Federal government has recognized these programs’ potential to create jobs, reduce energy consumption, and improve the quality of the nation’s housing stock. 




For our Master Street Projects we have created a hybrid design that will incorporate parts of each system that will best address unique problems in older homes. Retrofitting older homes to make energy efficient and more comfortable requires innovative solutions.


2- LEED: Current, cutting-edge and cost-effective

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

Meeting LEED prerequisites and earning LEED credits can transform any mediocre building project into a model of innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

 LEED certified buildings are intended to use resources more efficiently when compared to conventional buildings simply built to code. LEED certified buildings often provide healthier work and living environments, which contributes to higher productivity and improved employee health and comfort.



ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

The ENERGY STAR label was established to:


  •  Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and

  • Make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.




Substantial renovation of 2020 W Master. 


1-Analysis of the building condition.

2-A series of building surveys and measurements then redrawn in Archicad BIM software.

3-Inspect roof condition. New roof installation

4- Selective demolition of interior.

5- Reveal shell of building. Further analysis and determine structural repairs where required

6-Develop and implement construction schedule.


Phase Two 

The substantial renovation of 2022 W Master using 2020 plan as a blueprint.


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