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Incredible Thomas Sulley home in Society Hill lists for $3.3M

It dates back to 1796

A library with vaulted ceilings and rich, dark wood built-ins.
The Thomas Sulley residence in Society Hill is on the market for $3.3 million.
Photos by Drew Callaghan Photography for the McCann Team

After undergoing an extensive renovation over the past few years, the Thomas Sulley residence in Society Hill has hit the market to the tune of $3,378,000, nearly double the amount it last sold for five years ago.

The historic home is a National Historic Landmark and a Federalist dream, built in 1796. It was briefly the home of American painter Thomas Sulley, who lived most of his life in Philly and painted portraits of a long list of founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams.

The home has, not surprisingly, undergone a number of changes over its long history, including some glamorous upgrades under the current ownership. But much of the 4,197-square-foot property’s original character has been left intact: The dining room features the original mantle, but is coupled with a black crystal chandelier. The archways in the main hallway are original, as well, though now accented by colorful wallpaper.

In general, the 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath home is pretty immense. There are multiple living rooms and there’s a gorgeous library with vaulted ceilings and built-ins. That room, along with many others, has deck access that overlooks the home’s interior courtyard. Then there’s the yoga room, in-law suite, and three-car garage, which is a new addition to the property.

At $3.3 million, this historic home is nowhere near the most expensive property for sale in the neighborhood, but it is within the top 10. Let’s see if the home’s history and new look will help it fetch its asking price.