• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Visible progress at Dilworth Plaza

If you’ve passed City Hall recently, you may have noticed a stark white frame popping out of the gray, snow-and-grit-covered Dilworth Plaza construction site. When the project is complete, that white structure on the north side of the plaza will contain a cafe, entrances to the below-ground transit network and an information booth.

    • The cafe structure sits directly across from the Municipal Services Building and the Frank Rizzo statue
      The cafe structure sits directly across from the Municipal Services Building and the Frank Rizzo statue
    • The new structure at the north end of Dilworth Plaza will house a cafe, entrances to the transit network below and an information booth
      The new structure at the north end of Dilworth Plaza will house a cafe, entrances to the transit network below and an information booth
    • The structure is dwarfed by the surrounding skyscrapers
      The structure is dwarfed by the surrounding skyscrapers
    • The new structure at the north end of Dilworth Plaza will house a cafe, entrances to the transit network below and an information booth
      The new structure at the north end of Dilworth Plaza will house a cafe, entrances to the transit network below and an information booth
    • The white frame stands out against the gray backdrop of City Hall and the construction site
      The white frame stands out against the gray backdrop of City Hall and the construction site
    • The structure sits at the north end of Dilworth Plaza and at the north west corner of City Hall
      The structure sits at the north end of Dilworth Plaza and at the north west corner of City Hall
    • The new structure at the north end of Dilworth Plaza will house a cafe, entrances to the transit network below and an information booth
      The new structure at the north end of Dilworth Plaza will house a cafe, entrances to the transit network below and an information booth
    • Construction fences still block portions of the sidewalk around City Hall
      Construction fences still block portions of the sidewalk around City Hall
    • Construction fences still block portions of the sidewalk around City Hall
      Construction fences still block portions of the sidewalk around City Hall
    • Center City District expects to announce the cafe tenant soon
      Center City District expects to announce the cafe tenant soon
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Despite the snowy weather, crews are still making progress on the cafe building, elevators, stairs, underground corridors and utilities and surface pavers.

“The last three weeks of snow have been challenging, but we have a lot of work going on at the concourse and platform levels and progress continues to be made on the surface,” said Center City District (CCD) President and CEO Paul Levy in an email.

Levy said CCD is still aiming to have the project complete for the first week of September but noted that CCD “will be able to speak with more certainty at the end of the current Ice Age.”

CCD hopes to have an announcement regarding the cafe tenant in the near future.

    • Rendering featuring Dilworth Plaza's new cafe | Center City District
      Rendering featuring Dilworth Plaza's new cafe | Center City District

About the author

Christine Fisher, Transportation reporter

Christine covers transportation and writes about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments send her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covers community news for Eyes on the Street, where her coverage ranges from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. During the internship her reporting on the Housing Authority’s surplus property auctions earned an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.


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