Spotted in Rittenhouse: Remodeled House Made of Three Old Trinity Homes

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut.

Photo credit: Drew Callaghan Photography

“It’s a home with distinctive charm,” the current owner starts saying after we ask him what his favorite part about it is. Indeed, distinctive seems like the right word for it considering the property started out as three separate trinity homes (which are pretty neat in and of themselves) and appears to have remained as such for several years.

Built in the 1850s, the homes were remodeled into the single large residence we see today sometime during the mid 20th-century. It’s included on the city’s Register of Historic Places and has been fortunate enough to have had preservation-friendly individuals for its last two owners (present one included).  “We purchased this home from the man who was the director of the Pennsylvania Historical Society,” its current owner tells us.

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Tria Fitler Square Opens This Week

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More windows, just one of the changes at Tria Fitler Square.

Tria’s Fitler Square location opens this week (exact day to be determined) at 23rd and Pine Streets, the former home of Dmitri’s. Although very similar to the other two Tria locations, this fermentables (beer, cheese, wine) bar will also feature a full kitchen, giving new executive chef, Karen Nicolas some more toys to play with. Nicolas comes with serious culinary chops, she was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2012. Nicolas will oversee culinary operations for all four Tria locations. TheJohnson & Wales Culinary Arts alum was formerly executive chef at Citron & Rose and has worked at New York’s Gramercy Tavern, and apprenticed at the likes of California’s The French Laundry and Cowgirl Creamery in San Francisco.

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Fitler Square Home Right Next to Schuylkill River Park

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin

In addition to being in a sweet spot, this Fitler Square rowhome offers over 1,200 square feet of space and has three bedrooms. The middle of these is currently open to the hallway, so it’s used as an office rather than a place to snooze. (Although you could do that, we’d suggest you avoid screens of any kind before catching some Zzs!)  A breakfast solarium and updated kitchen are also included, the latter boasting exposed wood beams and wood cabinetry.

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Trinity Tuesday: Restored Century-Old Home in Fitler Square

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - CC Walnut

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – CC Walnut

Its proximity to the the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk may come in handy once spring rolls in, but in the meantime this home has other year-round offerings that make it our trinity pick of the day: it’s in charming Fitler Square, includes a quintessential pine trinity staircase. and was built nearly a century ago (don’t worry, it’s seen extensive updating throughout!).

The home’s most recent revamping was to its lower-level kitchen, which saw work done back in 2012. This room features an exposed brick and stone wall, bamboo floors, granite countertops, and white cabinetry. Amenity-wise it boasts a farmhouse sink, Jenn Air gas stove, Bosch dishwasher, and other stainless steel appliances. An additional sub-basement beneath this room is used for storage and utilities.

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Tria Fitler Square Progress Report

tria-fitler-square-inside-940Tria posted a photo today of the progress they’re making at their new Fitler Square location. The Tria Fitler Square has been described as “almost on schedule” which should put the opening sometime in March.

The Tria on Fitler Square replaces Dmitri’s, and unlike the other two Tria Cafe locations, the restaurant will feature a full kitchen.

Check out the photos from a month ago »

The List: Fall Flavors at the Farmers’ Market

Photo by Courtney Apple

Photo by Courtney Apple

Forget Whole Foods. Who wants to pay $75 for a bunch of bantamweight transcontinental bananas that are going to rot before you even get them home? The city has a wealth of excellent farmers’ markets, and while the glorious excesses of summer may be past (and some markets might be looking at shutting down for the winter soon), here are a few that are still overflowing with autumn’s hardier bounty, and that stay open straight through to the holidays (or all year round).

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WATCH: Is This the Fitler Dining Room Dog Vandal?

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Early on Saturday morning, video cameras outside of Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce recorded someone vandalizing the restaurant’s iconic dog statues. A segment of the video (below) shows a male kicking and twisting the statue.

According to Fitler Dining Room’s Ed Hacket — who has seen the entire surveillance video of the incident — the suspect was walking west on Spruce Street when he tried to catch a cab at the corner. Hacket says the man was quickly tossed from the cab, and after that he headed for the dogs. Hacket says that the video shows the man kicking at one of the statues, finally knocking it over and breaking it.

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Are Tiny Homes In? This Little Row Home Makes A Case

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How much would you shell out for a teeny tiny home? Architizer’s Matt Shaw poses the question, albeit with regards to this modern micro-abode in north London. It got us thinking about what little historic houses line the streets of our city proper, which led to this Fitler Square gem.

First off, don’t be fooled by its size. The adorable home makes good use of its available space and might even beat owning a condo (at least, that’s what the listing boasts)! Case in point, the first level open floor plan: hardwood floors, crown molding, and French doors with access to a wood-fenced yard with patio are all on display. The updated kitchen features maple cabinetry, SubZero fridge, and granite counters and backsplash among other brand appointments.

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Rare Find! Center City Home With Charming Porch

2324 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA

2324 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

Does anyone remember The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton? If not, it’s a children’s book that follows the life of a cute little house out in the country who over time finds itself surrounded by towering city buildings. It sticks out like a sore thumb and, if I remember correctly (probably not), it starts to deteriorate and almost…well, I won’t spoil the ending.

Anyway, while some think the story might be commentary on urban sprawl (Burton denies this), this home does not seem to be headed toward the same fate (nor is it noticeable in a bad way). Still, it reminded me of it just a teensy bit because it’s not something you see every day: a porched home mingling among the the more conventional townhouses near Fitler Square.

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