Where Design Meets History
Established 1918
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The past transformed.

The Poplar was built in 1918 and served as a warehouse for the premier department store, Strawbridge & Clothier's Center City flagship store.


Other architectural details like exposed concrete mushroom columns, huge windows and soaring ceilings evoke the building's magnificent and edgy industrial past.

Today's Poplar residents will find one of a kind spaces throughout, like the double-height fitness center where trains used to travel in and out of the building for loading and shipping goods.

Details around every corner.

The Poplar was thoughtfully reimagined to highlight the past but embrace tomorrow’s trends. Light and bright finishes, statement lighting, and a welcoming color palette are the perfect complement to the building’s industrial warehouse design.

green features
green features
Designed to meet the highest levels of sustainability.
  • Large scale recycling project delivering new world-class residences at a fraction of the environmental impact of new construction.
  • 100% wind generated power making it a full carbon emission free property.
  • Each apartment features newly-installed windows filled with argon gas and heat-blocking coatings, carbon free heating and cooling systems, 100% energy star appliances, LED light bulbs throughout, and water-efficient dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets.
  • Responsibly sourced building materials including locally made cabinetry and Forest Stewardship Council certified hardwood flooring have very low emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds, for the highest standard of indoor air quality.
Our Team
Post Brothers

Post Brothers is a nationally-recognized leader in development, innovation, and sustainability. Since the company’s founding in Philadelphia in 2006 it has developed more than 30 properties and 4,000 apartments, which have all thrived due to a common theme: making a level of upscale state-of-the-art living accessible at a price point which and to people for whom it was not previously available.

Coscia Moos Architecture

Coscia Moos Architecture, founded by principals Sergio Coscia and David Moos, provides architectural design, interior design and planning across a broad range of project types, serving clients throughout the United States.

Bryan Hanes

Studio Bryan Hanes is a landscape architecture and urban design studio that creates socially and ecologically sustainable spaces through timeless yet innovative design. We strive to create places that enrich human experience and express artful celebration of the everyday. We draw inspiration from the dynamic processes of nature while engaging the complex social issues of the urban contexts in which we work.


BEAM is a design firm dedicated to the integration of architecture and lighting design. Our emphasis on the collaborative nature of design keeps our clients and designers on the same page, providing high quality projects.