Nashville-based Southern Land Co. has cancelled its request to demolish the 1855-vintage Rittenhouse Coffee Shop building at 1904 Sansom St. near Rittenhouse Square, as part of its plan for a mixed-use tower project.

Southern Land attorney Neil Sklaroff said in a letter to the Philadelphia Historical Commission Monday that it was withdrawing its application to designate the coffee shop's preservation as a hardship.

The company is still seeking clearance to demolish two other historically protected structures, the Warwick apartment building and the Oliver Bair funeral home, it said on Friday.

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