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A series of rowhomes, including three tall brownstones in Philly’s Society Hill neighborhood. Courtesy of Frank DeFazio, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

10 historic homes for sale in Philly

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in September 2016 and has since been updated with the most recent information.

Given Philadelphia’s long 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 10 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 Germantown Victorian built for the elite to a North Broad mansion originally home to a famous 19th-century American Shakespearean actor. They’re listed in order of the year they were built.

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1. 226 Spruce Street

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226 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Year built: 1743

Asking price: $795,000

This Georgian rowhome in Society Hill was built for a man named Charles Townsend, who was one of the volunteer firefighters on the Philadelphia Fire Company organized by Ben Franklin. Today, the home clocks in at 1,800 square feet and features three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and multiple wood-burning fireplaces.

Courtesy of Fred Manfred, On the Square Real Estate, BHHS Fox & Roach

2. 608 S. Front Street

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608 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Year built: c. 1745

Asking price: $995,000

This $995,000 twin home in Queen Village hides its age well. Although the three-bedroom, two and a half bath home dates back to the mid-1700s when it was built for a tailor named John Fullerton, the home has been upgraded throughout with age-in-place features like an elevator.

Courtesy of Kathleen Conway, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

3. 238-40 S 4th Street

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238 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Year built: c. 1750

Asking price: $4,950,000

These are two historic properties for the price of one: The two mansions, known as the Shippen-Wistar House and the Cadwaladar House, are being sold in tandem. The Shippen-Wistar House was known to play host to guests like our founding fathers George Washington, John Adams, and Richard Henry Lee.

238-40 S 4th St via Allan Domb Real Estate

4. 1910 Rittenhouse Square

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1910 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Year built: 1752

Asking price: $6,750,000

This is one of the four remaining original townhouses literally on Rittenhouse Square. And yet the 5,374-square-foot home has been on and off the market for years now. With four bedrooms, three full baths, and three half baths, there is plenty of room to spare. There’s also a two-car garage out back.

via Allan Domb Real Estate

5. 413 S 10th St

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413 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Year built: 1818

Asking price: $679,000

As the historic plaque outside of this Washington Square West home details, this was the birthplace of Henry George, who would go on to be a leader of the Progressive Era and write the book Progress and Poverty. Most recently, the four-bedroom, one a half bath home has served as an education center and museum, but now there’s an opportunity to turn it back into a single-family home. The only catch: There’s no kitchen, although plans are available.

via Neal Henner, Keller Williams Philly

6. 262 S. 3rd Street

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262 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Year built: c. 1850

Asking price: $1.7 million

This Society Hill home is one of the three 19th-century brownstones dubbed the Bouvier Houses, named after Michel Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jackie O. Bouvier made his fortune as a cabinet maker here in Philly after fleeing France. The 7,100-square-foot brownstone features original hardwood floors, marble fireplaces (seven total!), and 14-foot ceilings.

A series of rowhomes, including three tall brownstones in Philly’s Society Hill neighborhood. Courtesy of Frank DeFazio, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

7. 1326-46 N. Broad Street

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1326 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19121

c. 1853

The historic Edwin Forrest brownstone next to New Freedom Theatre on North Broad hit the market in September 2017 for $3.5 million. It was the home of renowned actor Edwin Forrest, and in later years it served as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. Finally, the brownstone ultimately became part of the New Freedom Theatre, serving the city’s African-American community.

Courtesy of Ryan McManus, Re/Max Platinum-Philadelphia

8. 31 Summit Street

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31 Summit St
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Year built: 1860

Asking price: $1,375,000

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 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.

Courtesy of Michael Sivel, BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill

9. 2019 Delancey Place

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2019 Delancey Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Year built: 1860

Asking price: $5,785,000

This Beaux-Arts mansion is one of the many stand-out homes that line Delancey Place in Rittenhouse Square. Originally built in the Federal style in 1860, it was later recast in 1918 the Beaux Arts-style by local firm DeArmond, Ashmead & Bickley. One of its most notable residents was Nobel Prize winner and writer Pearl Buck, who bought the home in 1964 and wrote her short story collection “Once upon a Christmas” here. Today, the stately home clocks in at 7,505 square feet and features five bedrooms, five full baths, and four half baths.

A Beaux Arts-style limestone rowhome in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Courtesy of Joanne Davidow, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

10. 431 W Walnut Lane

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431 W Walnut Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Year built: 1885

Asking price: $425,000

This stone Victorian in Germantown was built in the late 19th century to “accommodate the refined tastes of Philadelphia’s elite in one of the city’s first historic railway suburbs.” Today, the home has eight bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 4,173 square feet of space. Some of the OG details include chestnut pocket doors and six fireplaces.

Courtesy of Santana Harrison, RE/MAX Access

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1. 226 Spruce Street

226 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Courtesy of Fred Manfred, On the Square Real Estate, BHHS Fox & Roach

Year built: 1743

Asking price: $795,000

This Georgian rowhome in Society Hill was built for a man named Charles Townsend, who was one of the volunteer firefighters on the Philadelphia Fire Company organized by Ben Franklin. Today, the home clocks in at 1,800 square feet and features three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and multiple wood-burning fireplaces.

226 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. 608 S. Front Street

608 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Courtesy of Kathleen Conway, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Year built: c. 1745

Asking price: $995,000

This $995,000 twin home in Queen Village hides its age well. Although the three-bedroom, two and a half bath home dates back to the mid-1700s when it was built for a tailor named John Fullerton, the home has been upgraded throughout with age-in-place features like an elevator.

608 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. 238-40 S 4th Street

238 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
238-40 S 4th St via Allan Domb Real Estate

Year built: c. 1750

Asking price: $4,950,000

These are two historic properties for the price of one: The two mansions, known as the Shippen-Wistar House and the Cadwaladar House, are being sold in tandem. The Shippen-Wistar House was known to play host to guests like our founding fathers George Washington, John Adams, and Richard Henry Lee.

238 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. 1910 Rittenhouse Square

1910 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
via Allan Domb Real Estate

Year built: 1752

Asking price: $6,750,000

This is one of the four remaining original townhouses literally on Rittenhouse Square. And yet the 5,374-square-foot home has been on and off the market for years now. With four bedrooms, three full baths, and three half baths, there is plenty of room to spare. There’s also a two-car garage out back.

1910 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. 413 S 10th St

413 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
via Neal Henner, Keller Williams Philly

Year built: 1818

Asking price: $679,000

As the historic plaque outside of this Washington Square West home details, this was the birthplace of Henry George, who would go on to be a leader of the Progressive Era and write the book Progress and Poverty. Most recently, the four-bedroom, one a half bath home has served as an education center and museum, but now there’s an opportunity to turn it back into a single-family home. The only catch: There’s no kitchen, although plans are available.

413 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

6. 262 S. 3rd Street

262 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
A series of rowhomes, including three tall brownstones in Philly’s Society Hill neighborhood. Courtesy of Frank DeFazio, BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Year built: c. 1850

Asking price: $1.7 million

This Society Hill home is one of the three 19th-century brownstones dubbed the Bouvier Houses, named after Michel Bouvier, the great-great-grandfather of Jackie O. Bouvier made his fortune as a cabinet maker here in Philly after fleeing France. The 7,100-square-foot brownstone features original hardwood floors, marble fireplaces (seven total!), and 14-foot ceilings.

262 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

7. 1326-46 N. Broad Street

1326 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Courtesy of Ryan McManus, Re/Max Platinum-Philadelphia

c. 1853

The historic Edwin Forrest brownstone next to New Freedom Theatre on North Broad hit the market in September 2017 for $3.5 million. It was the home of renowned actor Edwin Forrest, and in later years it served as the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. Finally, the brownstone ultimately became part of the New Freedom Theatre, serving the city’s African-American community.

1326 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19121

8. 31 Summit Street

31 Summit St, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Courtesy of Michael Sivel, BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill

Year built: 1860

Asking price: $1,375,000

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 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.

31 Summit St
Philadelphia, PA 19118

9. 2019 Delancey Place

2019 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19103
A Beaux Arts-style limestone rowhome in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Courtesy of Joanne Davidow, BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Year built: 1860

Asking price: $5,785,000

This Beaux-Arts mansion is one of the many stand-out homes that line Delancey Place in Rittenhouse Square. Originally built in the Federal style in 1860, it was later recast in 1918 the Beaux Arts-style by local firm DeArmond, Ashmead & Bickley. One of its most notable residents was Nobel Prize winner and writer Pearl Buck, who bought the home in 1964 and wrote her short story collection “Once upon a Christmas” here. Today, the stately home clocks in at 7,505 square feet and features five bedrooms, five full baths, and four half baths.

2019 Delancey Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. 431 W Walnut Lane

431 W Walnut Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Courtesy of Santana Harrison, RE/MAX Access

Year built: 1885

Asking price: $425,000

This stone Victorian in Germantown was built in the late 19th century to “accommodate the refined tastes of Philadelphia’s elite in one of the city’s first historic railway suburbs.” Today, the home has eight bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 4,173 square feet of space. Some of the OG details include chestnut pocket doors and six fireplaces.

431 W Walnut Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19144