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Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel 1(215) 523-8000

Originally built as The Girard Trust Company, the rotunda with an accompanying eight story tower was built between 1904 and 1908.  The Girard Trust Company president, E.B. Morris favored a neoclassical style made popular by that era’s Chicago World’s Fair and  contracted the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White for the Girard Trust project. The architectural firm was famous for the design of the original Madison Square Garden, Columbia University Library, Washington Square Arch and Boston Symphony Hall.

The stairs leading to what today is The Grand Ballroom (formerly the vault of Girard Bank) are warped on one side. The stairs were built for the ladies to make their “grand entrance” into the vault to retrieve their jewels on Friday for their weekend social event, and their subsequent return on Monday. The warping on that one side is from the traffic up and down—the skirts were long at the time, and there is a banister only on that side. The stairs were left “as is.”

The adjoining tower, also designed by McKim, Mead and White, was added in 1923, and was originally eight stories high. In 1931, the tower was wrapped in steel and marble to reach a height of thirty stories. This building housed The Girard Trust bank offices and board rooms.

Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, Grand Ballroom
Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, The Arden and Mellon balconies

Hotel Redesign Inspiration...



The new design tells a story through neutral colors, textures and materials of money and currency, with pops of metallic and bronze and will bring a fresh and sophisticated feel to the hotel. 


The new guest room design will feature distinct spaces for work and relaxation with luxurious fabrics in a welcoming neutral color palate. Punctuation of green and blue along with notes of bronze and nickel will layer a contemporary polish to the space. The Penthouse Suite and Presidential Suite designs are inspired by the varied coloration of currency and usher in a new touchstone of modern luxury.



Meeting spaces will be updated to reflect a seamless transition of neutral colors through each function room, with a nod to history through historic motifs from the building in the furniture details, with an updated clean aesthetic.



Updates to the lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar will come at the end of the renovation cycle. More details will be shared when available.


*The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation, which is planned to be complete in spring 2016.