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11 historic homes for sale in Philadelphia

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Given Philadelphia's own history, it's not always surprising when a historic home hits the market. But recently, a lot of the historic properties for sale have been downright impressive. Here are 11 homes that are currently up for grabs and are all listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places or the National Register of Historic Places, from a mansion that sits on American Revolutionary War land to a hauntingly beautiful Washington Square West home that originally served as a drug store.

Note: These homes are listed in order of the year they were built.

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440 Spruce Street

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Year Built: 1770
Asking price: $1.137 million

This is the William Pedden House, built by a shopkeeper in 1770. The 4-bedroom, 3-bath home was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1965. Although the front-facing facade is original to the 1770 structure, the rest of the home has undergone a number of renovations and additions, namely in the kitchen and bathrooms. It's been on the market since April, when it originally listed for $1.3 million.

330 S. 3rd Street

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Year Built: 1771
Asking price: $539,000

The idyllic rowhome is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1771. Its first owner was William Wister, a prominent businessman in Philadelphia and, as the Library of Congress describes him, a "Revolutionary War currency endorser." It went under contract in August, but re-listed in September with a $10K smaller price tag.

135 Elfreths Alley

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Year Built: 1771
Asking price: $789,000

This house on Elfreth's Alley—the nation's oldest continuously inhabited residential street—has been on the market for over a year. The home clocks in at 3,500 square feet, with a 1,400-square-foot garden in the back; the second and third floors also have private decks. And while it may be old, the home has been spruced up with updates, including a second kitchen on the second floor and a finished basement with a bricked-out sauna and full bath.

Year Built: 1796
Asking price: $499,000

The historic Upsala mansion in Mt. Airy has been listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Built in 1796, the site served as a staging ground for the Battle of Germantown in 1777. Today, the property is looking for a new steward to manage what's considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture.

1221 Pine Street

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Year built: 1829
Asking price: $550K

This 187-year-old home was built by Joseph & Eliza Shoemaker, Jr. and used as a drug store on the first floor. The latest owner, a craftsman, bought the property privately in 1985, and spent years working to restore the building. The estate agents are hoping to find an owner who will preserve the interiors of the historic home.

242 S. 3rd Street

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Year Built: 1830
Asking price: $2.45 million

Welcome to the John Penn home in Society Hill. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. The current 4-story structure was built in 1830 and was the home of William Penn's grandson. George Washington also had his winter headquarters on this site. Since listing in April, it has chopped $200K off its original asking price.

926 Spruce Street

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Year built: 1832
Asking price: $2.7 million

The stunning Greek Revival home is registered historic and was one of the 16 homes on Portico Row designed by architect Thomas Ustick Walter in 1832. The street was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The 5-bedroom, 5-bath home is one of the only remaining original homes on the street.

Bouvier Building

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Year built: 1846
Asking price: $2,699,000

After facing a demolition, winning a preservation battle, and ultimately undergoing a massive restoration, the historic Bouvier Building in Old City has hit the market for just under $2.7 million. Originally, the structure served as a cabinet workshop of Michael Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, when he bought it in 1834. Today, the 4,700-square-foot property is a modern 4-bedroom, 6.5-bath single-family home.

31 Summit Street

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Year Built: 1860
Asking price: $1.54 million

This 7-bedroom, 4-bathroom Italianate Victorian was one of the first to be built on Summit Avenue in Chestnut Hill. It was mostly used as a summer home for the owner, William Morgan. It was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1973 and still features many of its 19th-century details, including random-width pine floors, stained glass windows, and, count ‘em, 12 marble and tiled fireplaces. The backyard is a certified national habitat.

2113 Spruce Street

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Year Built: 1866
Asking price: $2.75 million

This Rittenhouse Square townhome was designed by architect Frank Furness. The 5-bedroom, 7-bath property is L-shaped, and features original details like Furness ornament and wainscoting in the foyer. There's also a courtyard and parking for four cars. It recently chopped $200K off its original asking price.

314 N. Lawrence Street

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Year Built: 1886
Asking price: $500,000

This historic rowhome on one of the quieter streets of Old City hit the market in July. It may look tiny from the outside, but the 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath home is surprisingly spacious, clocking in at 1,300 square feet. Many of its original details remain, including the pine floors and four fireplaces in every bedroom and living room.

440 Spruce Street

Year Built: 1770
Asking price: $1.137 million

This is the William Pedden House, built by a shopkeeper in 1770. The 4-bedroom, 3-bath home was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1965. Although the front-facing facade is original to the 1770 structure, the rest of the home has undergone a number of renovations and additions, namely in the kitchen and bathrooms. It's been on the market since April, when it originally listed for $1.3 million.

330 S. 3rd Street

Year Built: 1771
Asking price: $539,000

The idyllic rowhome is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1771. Its first owner was William Wister, a prominent businessman in Philadelphia and, as the Library of Congress describes him, a "Revolutionary War currency endorser." It went under contract in August, but re-listed in September with a $10K smaller price tag.

135 Elfreths Alley

Year Built: 1771
Asking price: $789,000

This house on Elfreth's Alley—the nation's oldest continuously inhabited residential street—has been on the market for over a year. The home clocks in at 3,500 square feet, with a 1,400-square-foot garden in the back; the second and third floors also have private decks. And while it may be old, the home has been spruced up with updates, including a second kitchen on the second floor and a finished basement with a bricked-out sauna and full bath.

Upsala

Year Built: 1796
Asking price: $499,000

The historic Upsala mansion in Mt. Airy has been listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Built in 1796, the site served as a staging ground for the Battle of Germantown in 1777. Today, the property is looking for a new steward to manage what's considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture.

1221 Pine Street

Year built: 1829
Asking price: $550K

This 187-year-old home was built by Joseph & Eliza Shoemaker, Jr. and used as a drug store on the first floor. The latest owner, a craftsman, bought the property privately in 1985, and spent years working to restore the building. The estate agents are hoping to find an owner who will preserve the interiors of the historic home.

242 S. 3rd Street

Year Built: 1830
Asking price: $2.45 million

Welcome to the John Penn home in Society Hill. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. The current 4-story structure was built in 1830 and was the home of William Penn's grandson. George Washington also had his winter headquarters on this site. Since listing in April, it has chopped $200K off its original asking price.

926 Spruce Street

Year built: 1832
Asking price: $2.7 million

The stunning Greek Revival home is registered historic and was one of the 16 homes on Portico Row designed by architect Thomas Ustick Walter in 1832. The street was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The 5-bedroom, 5-bath home is one of the only remaining original homes on the street.

Bouvier Building

Year built: 1846
Asking price: $2,699,000

After facing a demolition, winning a preservation battle, and ultimately undergoing a massive restoration, the historic Bouvier Building in Old City has hit the market for just under $2.7 million. Originally, the structure served as a cabinet workshop of Michael Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, when he bought it in 1834. Today, the 4,700-square-foot property is a modern 4-bedroom, 6.5-bath single-family home.

31 Summit Street

Year Built: 1860
Asking price: $1.54 million

This 7-bedroom, 4-bathroom Italianate Victorian was one of the first to be built on Summit Avenue in Chestnut Hill. It was mostly used as a summer home for the owner, William Morgan. It was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1973 and still features many of its 19th-century details, including random-width pine floors, stained glass windows, and, count ‘em, 12 marble and tiled fireplaces. The backyard is a certified national habitat.

2113 Spruce Street

Year Built: 1866
Asking price: $2.75 million

This Rittenhouse Square townhome was designed by architect Frank Furness. The 5-bedroom, 7-bath property is L-shaped, and features original details like Furness ornament and wainscoting in the foyer. There's also a courtyard and parking for four cars. It recently chopped $200K off its original asking price.

314 N. Lawrence Street

Year Built: 1886
Asking price: $500,000

This historic rowhome on one of the quieter streets of Old City hit the market in July. It may look tiny from the outside, but the 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath home is surprisingly spacious, clocking in at 1,300 square feet. Many of its original details remain, including the pine floors and four fireplaces in every bedroom and living room.