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Frank Furness home in East Mt. Airy from 1885 asks $615K

Yep, that’s a Furness all right

A Queen Anne-style, Victorian stick home in Philadelphia.
This Frank Furness-designed home from 1885 is on the market in Mt. Airy.
Courtesy of Amy Greenstein, Elfant Wissahickon-Chestnut Hill

This large home at 7318 Boyer Street in East Mt. Airy stands out with its whimsical exterior, a mishmash of Victorian stick style and Queen Anne architecture. It all makes sense though once it’s learned that Frank Furness was the brains behind the design.

The 3,400-square-foot house was designed by the local architect in 1855 and built by Francis Innes Gowen & the Tourison Brothers as part of the Gowen Estate. The period architecture is evident from the get-go and the home’s bottom half is wrapped Wissahickon Schist stone.

Behind the front dutch door are hardwood floors, French doors, big bay windows, and original fireplaces, including one that features Henry Mercer tiles. There are also two side porches on this level, including a screened-in sunroom and an open deck off the updated kitchen that looks over the property’s big backyard.

All of the six bedrooms on the upper levels are pretty large, each with lots of windows—one has its own a fireplace. There are also three and a half bathrooms.

The asking price of the home is $615,000. There’s an open house on Sunday, October 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Per the listing, offers will be considered on or after October 11.