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Presidential City is a 1,000-unit apartment complex located on a prominent intersection at the edge of Philadelphia  and consists of four high-rise buildings constructed in the 1950’s. The property was acquired in 2012 and underwent a complete rehabilitation and restoration. The new owners asked Coscia Moos Architecture to design an “Obelisk” – part sculpture, part sign – to be located in a highly visible spot overlooking a major traffic intersection. The obelisk structure is over 60 feet tall; the central form is clad in white metal with a contrasting black metal cover which appears to be detached and pivoting away from the main structure. The interplay between the two forms creates tension and visual interest.


Project Name

The Obelisk at Presidential City Apartments


Post Brothers Apartments


Philadelphia, PA