Former Italian Consulate Turned Mega Mansion Asks $3.25M

Alternately: When Chandler Met Trumbauer!

All images by TREND via Redfin

All images by TREND via Redfin

Whoa. Could you imagine if this mega-mansion designed by Theophilus P. Chandler  – for the record, historical notes also attribute it to Horace Trumbauer – at the corner of 22nd and Locust was your personal residence? Well, if you’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.25 million, it could be. Heck, even if you’re more the developer/investor type, the property has RM-1 zoning, so something like a condo building conversion is definitely a possibility.

Commissioned by steel businessman Frank Samuel (who may have been the same Frank Samuel who was V.P. of the North Branch Steel Company, “the first to produce the modern street-car rail“) in 1899, the four-story Federal brick beauty went up sometime in the early 1900s. Today, it boasts several features from the era: original stained glass windows, panelings, moldings, parquet and herringbone wood floors, and even a defunct elevator that used to go up to the third level. Bonus historical tidbit? It served as the headquarters for the Italian consulate back in the seventies. And with that, can you guess how many bedrooms it has?

All in all, the Rittenhouse mansion has nine bedrooms, with the top floors acting as the “owner’s unit,” a two-story, five-bedroom apartment suite currently being rented out. Two two-bedroom units, each with a full bathroom, can be found on the second level, while the first floor was lately used as a medical office. Both its kitchens have been renovated.

Elements of note:

  • Finished daylight basement with windows, bathroom, and walk-up to first floor offices
  • Finished rooftop deck
  • Two-car garage (spaces require lease, unless the property is used as a personal residence, of course.)

Beds: 9
Baths: 4 full, 4 half
Square Feet: 10,490
Price: $3.25 million
Additional Info: Zoned RM-1

Listing: 2136 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 [RE/MAX Classic Realtors]