Jaw Dropper of the Week: Memorable Childhood Home on Delancey

"The fact that I could bring that extra care to the photos..."

Photos by Rough Coat Photography

Photos by Valerie Buller of Rough Coat Photography

If there was ever a time to shamelessly plug our new Photo of the Week feature, it would probably be now.

Not to diminish the beautiful work of Valerie Buller, founder of Rough Coat Photography, but it goes without saying that her photos of this Federal townhouse certainly have an intimate atmospheric quality iPhone patrons might appreciate and use as inspiration for their #phillyscape pics on Instagram and Twitter. (And check out that blue #phillyhomeportrait-friendly front door!)

Of course, that should come as no surprise given that Buller can call 241 Delancey her childhood home. (No exaggeration, she was born at CHOP and grew up in the Society Hill home that’s now listed for over $1.47 million.)

“It was a portrait session with the house,” the photographer tells us of the shoot, which, using her Nikon D7100, Buller says she approached from an angle of love. The house “is very much a member of the family,” she adds.

Thus, it is through Buller’s personal lens that we’re introduced to this finely aged Philadelphia home that was restored in the mid-1960s by her parents. “They were living in the house across the street while renovating” took place, she tells us. Noted period details include original paneling and ceiling decorations, crown moldings, wood floors, and an original center staircase. There is even, among its original Robert Wellford mantles, one with a design of the goddess Diana commanding her hound. This proclivity for historical preservation can be seen in Buller’s mother, Jo Ann, who used to give “historical guided tours in the neighborhood.”

Suffice it to say the home has us thinking it’s a must-see. It has an eat-in kitchen with glass paneled doors leading to a sunroom, bedrooms on both the second and third floors, two of which have fireplaces, and two dormer rooms on the fourth level, which has a skylight and cedar closet in the hall. The lower-level den boasts exposed brick and wood-beamed ceiling, as well as a powder room and storage area.

Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Square feet: 3,056
Price: $1,479,000
Additional Info: Deeded parking space behind garden has annual $1,200 fee

Listing: 241 Delancey St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106 [BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel]