Historic Townhouse in Old City Has a Secret

An 1850 facade hides a very modern award-winning interior.

TREND photo courtesy Maxwell Realty.

TREND photo courtesy Maxwell Realty.

From the outside, this Old City home looks like any other brick townhouse on tiny Cuthbert Street. Which is to say, darling and vaguely historic. What is not immediately discernible from the cobblestones outside is that this home was honored twice in 2006: once with the AIA Philadelphia Honor Award and once with the AIA Pennsylvania Citation of Merit Winning for a Renovated Home. From the inside, the meticulous rehab becomes apparent.

The two-bedroom house was renovated with a contemporary style which – frankly – feels refreshing on a tiny and storied Old City street. Floors are made from Brazilian walnut and the walls have been replastered. Lines are sleek and clean, and details like pocket doors and transoms have been transformed into chic, modern elements that now hardly evoke the home’s 1850s construction date. The gourmet kitchen features a hidden table that springs out from under a double-sided fireplace.

Outdoor space includes a shared courtyard as well as a private, third-floor terrace. Ground-floor parking in the nearby Parkominium is also included for an additional monthly fee.

Beds: 2
Baths: 3
Square feet: 2,880
Price: $799,000

TREND photos courtesy Maxwell Realty
Listing: 128 Cuthbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106