This two-story stone home in Powelton Village charms from the get-go with its gingerbread house qualities, and just so happens to be steeped in architectural history, too.
Henry E. Wrigley, who was the architect for the Philadelphia's Great Fair of 1864, designed this Victorian home for himself in 1865. The site is thought to be the very same place where the gatehouse of the estate of Mayor Samuel Powel—for which Powelton Village is named after—once stood.
The home’s short stature makes it stand out from the typical, taller Victorians found throughout the neighborhood, but it manages to pack in plenty of space and character into the 2,020-square-foot abode. The home features three bedrooms and 1.5 baths, plus an additional space that could be a den or office. Much of the interiors have been updated (see the kitchen), but the original details of the certified-historic property remain.
There are refinished hardwood floors throughout and a black marble fireplace in the living room that, per the listing, dates back to 1790-1810. The Victorian double doors, crown molding, oak stairs and balustrade are original, too.
The charming home also comes with a good amount of garden space, plus a deed to an extra lot at 424 N. 33rd Street. The home is priced at $599,000, making it the most expensive single-family residence for sale in the neighborhood.
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