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Jackie O’s great-great-grandfather’s Society Hill mansion is for sale

It’s one of the three Bouvier Houses

A series of rowhomes, including three tall brownstones in Philly’s Society Hill neighborhood.
One of the Society Hill homes of Michel Bouvier, the great, great grandfather of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is for sale.
Courtesy of Frank DeFazio, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

One of the three Bouvier Houses in Society Hill that has ties to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has hit the market to the tune of $1.8 million.

The home at 262 S. 3rd Street is one of the three 19th-century brownstones dubbed the Bouvier Houses, named after Michel Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jackie O. Bouvier made his fortune as a cabinet maker here in Philly after fleeing France. As he made his money, he bought up the three brownstones at 258, 260, and 262 S. 3rd Street.

The property at 262 S. 3rd Street is the only available home for sale of the three—260 S. 3rd Street sold for $2.8 million in 2008—although Bouvier’s workshop in Old City is also on the market.

At 7,100 square feet including the basement, the home is massive and elegant both inside and out. Although it lacks the ornate handrails outside like its two neighbors, its interiors are just as elegant. There are features like original hardwood floors, marble fireplaces (seven total!), and 14-foot ceilings. The front windows are nearly floor to ceiling, too, and feature interior window shutters.

There are some spots throughout that could be restored or updated, but for the most part the home is remarkably in tact. And with seven bedrooms and four and a half baths, there’s more than enough space to make it one’s own.

Fancy a peek inside? There’s an open house on Saturday, November 11 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.