The Union League of Philadelphia Interior Renovations

Philadelphia, PA
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Hunter Roberts performed a series of renovations for The Union League of Philadelphia in preparation for their 150th anniversary in 2013. All phases of work occurred while the building remained fully-occupied and operational. Phase 1 included high-end, interior renovations to the private club areas, and to the bar and dining area; sitting room; Patsy, Heritage and Meredith Rooms; cigar lounge; coat room and rest rooms; and a new business center. Finishes include wood flooring, custom carpets, ornate plaster ceilings, marble flooring and walls, custom wall coverings, custom lights, and extensive wood millwork.

Phase 2 consisted of renovations including the relocation of administrative space and restoration of the former ballroom back to public space.

Phase 3 entailed the conversion of existing storage space into 17 additional hotel rooms on the fifth and sixth floors. Suites include custom millwork pantries, custom bathrooms with marble walls, glass shower surrounds, and heated towel racks.

Phase 4 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. All crowns and cornices were replicated by resins to match extensive existing details. The drywall ceilings include multiple steps, soffits and fascias.

The Union League of Philadelphia
Bower Lewis Thrower
56,100 SF
Completion Date
October 2009
2006 – First Place, ASID Award Competition: American Society of Interior Design
2006 – Honorable Mention, Best Historical Restoration Project: General Building Contractors Association
Photo Credits
Halkin Architectural Photography LLC
Jeffrey Totaro