These days architects flock to New York City, but there are plenty of famous designers who have left their mark on homes in Philadelphia. Behold: Nearly a dozen homes for sale in the city and the 'burbs that were designed by famous architects, from a grand townhome by Frank Furness to a midcentury modern home by Robert McElroy in the woodsy suburbs of Penn Valley.Read More
11 Philly Homes for Sale Designed by Famous Architects
2113 Spruce Street
Frank Furness designed this jaw-dropping Rittenhouse Square townhome sometime in the late 1800s. It's a massive 5-bedroom, 7-bath home that clocks in at 5,703 square feet. It's also double the width of a traditional rowhome. There's also an interior courtyard, and a garage with four parking spaces.
2018 Waverly Street
This home was designed by Philly architect Frank Weise, who is known for his modern marvels in the area. Within the 1,300-square-foot home there are three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. There are plenty of custom-designed details, including the built-in benches in the dining area and the three-story windows at the rear, which make for a light-and-airy home.
210 Locust Street, PH 4
This 1-bedroom, 1-bath corner penthouse is in the Society Hill Towers, which were designed by starchitect I.M. Pei. The 830-square-foot unit features 11-foot-tall windows with views of Independence Hall, and the Delaware River and a brand new kitchen and bathroom.
1522 Pine Street
This massive property in Rittenhouse Square was originally designed in 1841 by Thomas Ustick Walter, a notable architect who also just happened to design Philadelphia's City Hall and the U.S. Capitol in DC. It features six bedrooms and 4.5 baths, and each floor has been converted into separate units.
326 Sprague Road
This home was designed by Philly architect Robert McElroy and has listed for the first time in 14 years. It's tucked away on a woodsy .79 acres and built into a hill. The 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is located in Penn Valley, near the edge of the Schuylkill River and about a half-hour from city limits.
10 Fairview Road
Architect Arthur Miller designed this home for himself in 1958. The walls were quarried from the hill that it's tucked into and like its Robert McElroy neighbor (#5), it's surrounded by woods and sits on three acres.
7311 Elbow Lane
Robert McGoodwin, the architect behind much of Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy homes, designed this French Norman-style stunner for the famous Woodward family in 1929. It sits on its own private lane and features three working fireplaces, Mercer tiling, and a winding staircase. Out back, there are two patios and a pool.
7620 Lincoln Drive
This 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath arts and crafts home may look like a new build, but Robert McGoodwin designed it for himself in 1913. Plenty of original details remain throughout, including the exposed beam ceilings in the living area, built-ins in the bedrooms, and stone fireplaces and hardwood floors.
819 Grakyn Lane
According to the listing, this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home is believed to have been designed by Robert McGoodwin as one of the first properties in Andorra. It features the classic Wissahickon schist stone, a large backyard, and a two-car garage.
2860 Paper Mill Road
Ah, the legendary Pitcairn House that just can't find a buyer. The midcentury modern gem was designed by Richard Neutra in 1962 and features an impressive six bedrooms and 5.5 baths. It's undergone multiple price chops in the two years it's been on the market.
6910 Wissahickon Avenue
This Tudor revival home in West Mt. Airy is the work of two notable Philly architects: Charles Barton Keen and Sydney Martin. Keen designed the original home in 1911, while Martin later led the renovations in 1930. There's some beautiful detailing inside, from the winding grand staircase to the crown molding throughout. There's also a carriage house and tennis court on the 3.69-acre property.