Eco-friendly apartments open at Annex at Touraine

Retro meets modern in The Annex at Touraine.  Photo: The Annex at Touraine
Retro meets modern in the new Annex at Touraine.
Photo: The Annex at Touraine

When it comes to design, there are some styles that are best left in the past. And there are several modern aesthetics we strongly believe can’t become outdated soon enough. Sometimes, though, when you get the right person seamlessly blending past with present, the results are inspired and sharp — and found at 1516 and 1518 Spruce Street. The Annex at Touraine has been transformed into a progressive, eco-friendly residence with sleek, classic design behind all that good-for-the-earth technology.

The Annex is next door to the Touraine, the former-hotel-turned-luxury apartments, turned official addition to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. While the Touraine has all the grandiose details of an elegant hotel’s lobby, the Annex is an old school walk-up. “But you can still use the front desk at the Touraine, since it’s the Annex at Touraine. It’s like living in the Touraine, but in a sweet apartment,” explains Liz Solms. She’s the owner of the building, and she’s responsible for the whole interior look.

Solms takes her design very seriously. “My husband calls me an incredibly uncompromising person — in a positive way,” she quickly adds. Solms has an unwavering commitment to Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for sustainability. The Annex include water-saving fixtures, bamboo flooring and low-energy refrigerators (that also happen to be mint green with rounded corners, for a retro appeal).

“My approach is all about environmental sustainability,” says Solms. “Then comes classic and interesting design that is the opposite of the granite countertops, Lowes-packaged rooms that are ubiquitous not just in Philly, but all over real estate. This is in direct opposition to that.” You’ll also find subway tiles used for kitchen and bathroom flooring and  backsplashes.

“We’re keeping things simple and classic – it’s not a flash in the pan,” Solms says.

The two buildings hold 21 units, all studios or one-bedrooms. 1518 Spruce already has occupants; 1516 just opened last week.

Annex amenities:

  • Green roof
  • Covered bike storage
  • Outdoor patio
  • Washer and dryer in each one-bedroom apartment
  • Energy Star-rated appliances


  • News
    Entertainment
    Sports
    Lifestyle
    Local

    Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

    A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

    International

    Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

    It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

    National

    OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

    By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

    Local

    MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

    The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

    Movies

    Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

    Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

    Movies

    'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

    Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

    Television

    'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

    "Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

    Television

    TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

    See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

    MLB

    Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

    Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

    NFL

    Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

    Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

    NFL

    Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

    Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

    MLB

    Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

    Travel

    Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

    This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

    Education

    Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

    Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

    Education

    NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

    Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

    Tech

    The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

    Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.