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Artist’s sun-filled home in Chestnut Hill lists for $795K

It was designed by Edmund B. Gilchrist for an artist

A sunny room with wide-plank hardwood floors, a large skylight, and a spiral staircase.
This Chestnut Hill home was renovated by Edmund B. Gilchrist in the 1920s.
Photos courtesy of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

Just one block off the bustling Germantown Avenue retail corridor in Chestnut Hill sits this quirky three-story home that comes with a nice backstory.

In the late 1920s, an artist named Carroll S Tyson, Jr. decided to buy the property—not for himself, but for his good friend Arthur Beecher Carles, a well-known American Modernist painter. But the fairly drab home needed some work, so Tyson, Jr. hired architect Edmund B. Gilchrist to lead the redesign.

Keeping in mind that Gilchrist was designing an artist’s future residence, he had the roof lifted in order to accommodate a third floor studio. Today, that third floor leads to a roof deck via a spiral staircase. The 4,446-square-foot home also now boasts a lot of natural light, thanks to a wealth of windows, including an enormous skylight in the artist’s studio.

There are other nice details that add some character to the home, including large built-ins, a Dutch door that opens to the landscaped back yard, and interior window shutters.

But perhaps the quirkiest room of them all is the kitchen, which features lime green cabinets and multi-colored flooring.

The asking price of this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home is $795,000.