The Franklin Philadelphia extended stay is one of the city’s most historically significant buildings and the current site of our Washington Square furnished apartments 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
In 2011, Korman Communities acquired The Franklin and immediately embarked on an extensive renovation program to turn it into the most unique furnished apartments in Philadelphia’s Center City. 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 also houses three floors of
medical offices and lobby-level retail.
The Franklin furnished extended stay in Philadelphia will always be a cherished landmark and favored place to celebrate life’s joyous occasions.