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The historic Edwin Forrest house on North Broad is for sale

The 1853 brownstone next to the New Freedom Theatre wants $3.5 million

The historic brownstone next to the New Freedom Theatre is on the market.
Courtesy of Ryan McManus, Re/Max Platinum-Philadelphia

Looking to own a piece of history on North Broad? A historic brownstone mansion next to the New Freedom Theatre has hit the market to the tune of $3.5 million.

The original structure at 1326-46 N. Broad Street dates back to about 1853 and was the home of renowned actor Edwin Forrest. In later years, it served as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, until it expanded and ultimately became the New Freedom Theatre, serving the city’s African-American community and training actors such as Leslie Odom, Jr., who would go onto star in Broadway’s Hamilton.

The historic mansion facing Carlisle.

But the listing only includes the historic mansion, which runs from N. Broad to Carlisle streets, listing agent Ryan McManus clarified to Curbed Philly. Per the listing, “approximately 14,790 SF of lot coverage is available for redevelopment, along with the existing historic structure.” It’s zoned CMX-4.

And while the theater building itself is not included in this sale, McManus said it could be considered for the right terms and price.

The sale of the historic brownstone comes at a time of immense growth for this stretch of North Broad, which is right by Temple’s campus. Next door, there are plans for a 17-story residential tower designed by Cecil Baker + Partners. Next to that is the historic Blue Horizon boxing venue, which is also under consideration for redevelopment.