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Meticulously restored Bouvier Building in Old City lists for $2.7M

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It was owned by Jackie O’s great-great grandfather

After facing a demolition, winning a preservation battle, and ultimately undergoing a massive restoration, the historic Bouvier Building in Old City has hit the market for just under $2.7 million.

Today, the 4,700-square-foot property is a modern 4-bedroom, 6.5-bath single-family home. But the historic building wasn’t always in great shape.

Originally, the structure at 149 S. Hancock Street served as a cabinet workshop of Michael Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, when he bought it in 1834. After much of the surrounding buildings were demolished in the 1950s and 1960s, the building became the sole survivor of the 19th-century riverfront commercial district.

Despite the building’s historic designation, it had to deal with a number of preservation battles over the years, until a couple bought the property in 2010 for $300,000 and got the OK to restore the place and create a single-family home.

A representative from Redfin, which is handling the listing, tells Curbed Philly that after renovating the property from top to bottom and living in the home for a few years, the family has decided to move on.

Some of the modern additions include an elevator and custom walnut staircase, plus a roof deck, and a three-car parking lot. The asking price is $2,699,000.