Tylenol heir Henry McNeil has been busy. He recently sold 1914-15 Rittenhouse Square (colloquially known as the McIlhenney mansion) to Bart Blatstein for the developer’s use as a private residence. McNeil’s own home was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article about historic Philadelphia homes that have modern interiors. That home, a phenomenal 13,000-square-foot residence at 19th and Delancey. For enthusiasts of modern design, it is without compare in the Rittenhouse Square area.
1901 is being sold with a companion property that will sound familiar to those who follow building histories in Philadelphia: 1921 Manning. The duplex (with two parking spaces) used to be part of the McIlhenney Mansion parcel and is directly adjacent to it.
The Wall Street Journal also featured the Curran House, a conversion of three historic carriage houses by Metcalfe Design & Architecture.
Hank McNeil, who just sold Rittenhouse Square’s legendary McIlhenney Mansion to Bart Blatstein, is suddenly having a serious 15 minutes of fame. After a flurry of press about the mansion, McNeil gets highlighted in the Wall Street Journal for a piece about the mansion he actually lives in. The 13,000-square-foot residence at 19th and Delancey represents a new design trend: preserving a historic facade but transforming the interior into a contemporary design showcase. “Faced with strict codes and steep construction costs,” says the Journal, “more homeowners are installing modern interiors in old homes.”