Liberty One Observation DeckDecember 22, 2014 | by Brooke Willmes
Philadelphia will officially open its first and only large scale observation deck next summer on the top floor of One Liberty Place. William Penn’s observation deck atop of City Hall is currently the highest public deck to view city. This new observation deck is clearly aimed at adding to city’s tourism scene. One Liberty Place on Market St. is currently the second tallest skyscraper in Center City. The 57th floor will be re-purposed to house an observation deck and will be operated by the Paris-based Montparnasse 56 Group(M56’s). There are many details that have not been announce yet and are still under development such as, design direction, brand identity and price of admission. But if Philadelphia’s observation deck is like any of the other M56’s projects we can expect a restaurant, a space for private events, and it will be open to the public 7 days a week year round. The M56 group has a history of operating similar observation decks in other notable cities such as Chicago, Paris, and Berlin. Philadelphia will be poised to be in good company once this observation deck is finished. It is said that the observation decks in those city attract more then a million visitors a year with 40% of those being international travelers. With Philadelphia’s already rich history, beautiful buildings and art galleries, this observation deck will only help in attracting more international tourism. This observation deck will provide a different perspective of the city. It will help show case the city as whole and not just some of its notable landmarks, it will help tie the city together as one while providing breathtaking views. The building of the new Comcast Center tower which will be located just a few blocks away has also factor in the building of this observation deck. Philadelphia is proving to be a destination, this observation deck will help capture the beauty of this great city, day and night.