• Korman Communities restored the exquisite lobby of The Franklin Residences in 2012. This historic building located in Center City, Philadelphia first opened in 1925. It was designed by Horace Trumbauer, architect of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Franklin Residences is one of the city’s most historically significant buildings, and the current site of our luxury apartments in Philadelphia originally opened in 1860 as The Continental Hotel. It was then the largest hotel in the United States, attracting prominent guests like King Edward VII, the Japanese Embassy, Abraham Lincoln, and Charles Dickens.

In 1925, the site of The Continental Hotel was replaced by an even larger and more modern hotel, the Benjamin Franklin Hotel. Designed by Horace Trumbauer, architect of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “The Ben,” as Philadelphians affectionately called it, was one of the largest and most lavish in Philadelphia.

The site of our Washington Square Philadelphia apartments is just as historic as the structure. In 1837, Cooke’s Equestrian Circus launched there, and the following year, the Philadelphia Museum opened on the back portion of the lot. In 1840, comedian, playwright and publisher William E. Burton transformed the circus building into a theatre, but the buildings were destroyed in a fire almost 15 years later. In 1848, General Zachary Taylor was nominated for president by the Whig Convention, which met in the museum. Most significant, Abraham Lincoln in 1861 delivered his historic pre-inaugural address here at the raising of a flag over Independence Hall.

In 2011, Korman Communities acquired The Franklin Residences and immediately set about the task of turning it into the most unique furnished apartments in Philadelphia. They updated the fitness center, terrace-level hallway, residential hallways and most dramatically, the lobby. 90 suites were also converted into the most luxurious apartments and penthouses in Philadelphia. The Franklin Residences also houses three floors of medical offices and lobby-level retail.

The Franklin Residences in Philadelphia will always be a cherished landmark and favored place to celebrate life’s joyous occasions.