AKA Washington Square, Philadelphia
AKA Washington Square at the Franklin Residences was the site for the filming of Silver Linings Playbook, but in this hotel, the lobby is the star. The décor tells the story of a decade rife with grandeur and grace. Brothers Larry and Brad Korman worked with a team of architects, designers, and historical preservationists to bring the lobby new life – an investment upward of $13 million. Named after founding father, Ben Franklin, The Franklin is one of the city’s most historically significant buildings. Opened in 1860, it was then the largest hotel in the United States, attracting prominent guests like Abraham Lincoln and Charles Dickens. “The Ben,” as Philadelphians affectionately called it, was designed by Horace Trumbauer, architect of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was one of the largest and most lavish in Philadelphia. The marble floors and columns boom with the crooning of live music in the evenings, and will soon offer high tea in the afternoon.