Union League of Philadelphia


  • The Union League of Philadelphia


  • Bower Lewis Thrower


  • Philadelphia, PA

Hunter Roberts provided construction management services for the award-winning, high-end, interior renovations totaling 56,100 SF at the Union League of Philadelphia, in preparation for its 150th year anniversary in 2013. The Union League, founded in 1862 and listed in the National Historic Register, occupies an entire city block in the center of Philadelphia’s commercial and cultural district.

The Phase I scope included 9,100 SF high-end, interior renovations to the private club areas including renovations to the bar and dining area, sitting room, Patsy, Heritage and Meredith Rooms, cigar lounge, coat room and restrooms, and a new business center. Finishes included wood flooring; custom carpets, ornate plaster ceilings, marble flooring and walls, custom wall coverings, custom lights and extensive wood millwork. Phase II scope consisted 20,000 SF renovations including the relocation of administrative space and restoration of the former ballroom back to public space. Phase III scope included the conversion of existing storage space into 17 additional Hotel Rooms on the Fifth and Sixth Floors, totaling 17,000 SF.  Suites include custom millwork pantries, custom bathrooms with marble walls, glass shower surrounds and heated towel racks. Custom made carpeting, wallcoverings and sconces were also installed in the corridors.

Phase IV involved a 10,000 SF renovation for the new high-end Marbles restaurant, with dining rooms, full service bar, display kitchen, offices and meeting space.  The North Dining Room adjacent to the display kitchen includes a custom wine vault, custom bar, and a view into kitchen.  The South Dining Room includes club banquets and buffets for service with a small adjacent pantry.  Finishes included custom glass and brass ornamental partitions designed for a thin wall, clad in custom wood.  All crowns and cornices were replicated by resins to match extensive existing details.  The drywall ceilings include multiple steps, soffits and fascias.

The Phase 1 portion of the project was the recipient of the General Building Contractors Association’s Best Historical Restoration Project (2006) and the American Society of Interior Designers Award (2006)