The Left Bank

Connecting University City to Center City.

The University of Pennsylvania selected Dranoff Properties to carry out the dramatic conversion of The Left Bank. Originally built in 1929 as the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, The Left Bank is one of the largest properties on the National Register of Historic Places ever converted to residential use. Unique in design and execution and within easy walking distance to leading educational, health care and high tech employers, the Left Bank Community has proven to be a powerful magnet for the adjoining campuses of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University to attract top students and quality faculty.


Location: University City, Philadelphia, PA

Construction Type: Historic Rehab, Mid-Rise Building

Former Use: Pennsylvania Freight Railroad Depot

Primary Use: Luxury Loft Apartments, Retail & Office Space

Number of Units: 282

Size: 700,000 sf

Arts Venue: University of Pennsylvania Facilities Management Department

Restaurants: Picnic Gourmet Market, Ajia Japanese Restaurant, Mikey's Bar and Grill, Trophy Bikes, Tria Wine Room

Completed: 2001


“Dranoff gives Americans a chance to live in the past... he has brought life back to 36 vacant buildings in 20 cities.”

— Fortune