This house stands out from its neighbors by the anglicization of its lower floors around 1900. It stands out even more inside.
The data sheet for this beautiful Rittenhouse Square Delancey Place mansion for sale gives its date of construction as 1800.
It’s way too early, as most of the houses in this general area date from decades just before the Civil War. But it also bears the marks of a later era on its two lower floors, which underwent a Georgian makeover at the turn of the last century.
Now, in this century, this 19th century house has undergone an even more drastic metamorphosis inside. The reconstruction immediately made the house much more modern while making it look more like the dawn of the 1900s.
The team responsible for achieving this feat is made up of architect John Milner Architects, interior designer ShopHouse Design and builder Ernst Brothers.
The previous makeover transformed this house into a split-level by lowering the main floor facade. This space now functions as an open living-dining room with a high ceiling. Sheers filter the light streaming through its large south-facing window.
Although the style of this room is totally in harmony with the architecture of the house, it betrays its modern soul in addition to its combined living and dining room. Herringbone oak flooring pays homage to the past but is probably lighter than the flooring it replaced. The fireplace now burns gas, and that built-in sideboard to its left contains a drinks fridge and ice maker.
The main staircase is a few steps, just beyond the powder room. (Coat closets hide behind the paneled walls leading to the powder room.) The elevator installed during the previous renovation is unusual, in that it runs down an open shaft. It has undergone a total rehabilitation and stops at all floors, except the basement.
Two steps lead to the dining kitchen.
Bar seating on the marble kitchen island makes this space ideal for casual entertaining as it allows you to put on a show for your guests. Traditional style cabinetry, turn-of-the-century spotlights, a subway tile backsplash, and a flared white range hood give the kitchen a historically appropriate look, but all of its fixtures are the latest and greatest.
The breakfast nook at the end of the kitchen also gets lots of natural light from its large bay window and side windows.
The second floor contains the master bedroom in the front and a family room in the back. The master bedroom has its own decorative fireplace and a huge bay window overlooking Rue Delancey.
Her bathroom has radiant-heated mosaic marble floors, a huge marble-lined shower – something you’d also be likely to find in an early 1900s mansion – a classic double-top marble vanity – ditto – and a private toilet closet.
Past the landing, a hallway takes you past a large walk-in closet to this cozy family room with a built-in beverage center.
Each of the two upper floors contains two bedrooms. The front bedroom on the third floor has an en-suite bathroom, a reading nook and three closets, including a walk-in closet. The rear has two large wardrobes and a bathroom, and the laundry room next door.
The two sky-lit bedrooms on the top floor share a bathroom. The one at the back has been converted into a games room.
It also contains the door leading to the rear roof terrace. As well as offering great views to the north and south, it has a full outdoor kitchen and seating for al fresco dining.
This great lady is also in an ideal location on one of the most desirable blocks in town. Rittenhouse Square is just around the corner, and upscale shopping, fine dining, and a beloved neighborhood supermarket are steps away.
If you’ve been looking for a spacious, modern city residence that doesn’t look like it, this Delancey Place mansion for sale answers your prayers.
THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS
THERMES: 4 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 5,000
SELLING PRICE: $5,995,000
1833 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103 [Margaux Genovese Pelegrin and Mary Genovese Colvin | On the Square Real Estate | Compass]