Society Hill Historic Townhouse for Sale
Built in 1809 and purchased by an Episcopal priest, this home has been meticulously maintained and brought up to date while remaining true to its historic character — as it should be.
As one of Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhoods, Society Hill has more than its share of homes with historic pedigrees.
This historic Society Hill townhouse for sale is one such home.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the City Historic Register since 1970, this house was built in 1809 by a carpenter named John Warner and purchased by the Reverend Robert Blackwell, minister of St. also historic. church at Third and Pine streets.
Reverend Blackwell, it seems, lived a rather nomadic existence, for in addition to this house on 6th Street, his name is also associated with two other residences on Society Hill. One of theseon the south side of Pine Street west of 2nd, was razed around 1930. Another oneone block west of 2nd, at 313 Pine Street, is across from St. Peter’s and now serves as the parsonage.
This can now serve as your own residence. Its owners have taken great care of it for you.
They’ve kept it up to date while preserving its historic integrity, as anyone who owns a home on the National Register of Historic Places would.
It has an open ground floor divided into two parts by the staircase of the house. Along with the original random-width pine floors found throughout the home, the living room features a bright cobwebbed window above the front door as well as beautiful built-in shelving and cabinetry.
You will find a double of those in the dining room, which also contains a fireplace flanked by two cupboards. Another door leads to a storage space under the stairs. The owners have made a nod to modernity in the choice of lighting for this room.
The brand new kitchen at the back of the main floor features Shaker style cabinetry, quartz counter tops, under cabinet lighting and Bosch and KitchenAid stainless steel appliances.
A glass door leads from the dining room to a newly installed back patio, one of two outdoor spaces in this home. Both have composite boards that will last a long time without maintenance.
The second floor contains two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The master bedroom at the back has a fireplace as well as a large walk-in closet and dressing room lit by a stained glass window. It also has the kind of Old American detailing one would expect to find in a home of this vintage in its crown molding and chair rail.
Two other bedrooms, both with fireplaces, and another bathroom occupy the third floor.
The front bedroom, which has many built-in shelves and a ceiling medallion, is more like a library, study or den, and the owners have furnished it for the latter function.
The back bedroom has a door that leads to a private roof terrace, the other outdoor space of this house. Here you have a decent view of the surrounding neighborhood.
The fourth floor with skylights has a ceiling with exposed beams and a third full bathroom. It could function as a fifth bedroom, like here, or a home office, studio, or media room.
Because this historic Society Hill townhouse for sale is at the end of a row, it has windows on three sides. Windows on the south side provide natural light to its stairwell.
And because this historic home is in Society Hill, history surrounds it. Other nearby historic structures include the Mother Bethel AME Church, and a host of state historic markers surrounding it mark other significant sites. It is also close to Washington Square, where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution is located. The entertainment, dining and shopping venues of South Street and the 5th Street shopping district between Spruce and Pine are also within easy reach, as is Three Bears Park.
And for more history and excitement, you can walk a bit further to Old Town and Independence Hall.
Finally, you will appreciate all the modern comfort added to this house, such as central air conditioning and a roof installed in 2000.
Considering all this, don’t you want to write your own story by buying this house?
THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS
BEDS: 4 (or 5)
SQUARE FEET: 2,250
SELLING PRICE: $1,099,900
OTHER THINGS: The sale price of this house was reduced by $25,100 on July 24.
337 S. 6th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 [Todd Hovanec and Robert Epstine, Jr. | Prevu Real Estate LLC]