Modern Condo In A Historic Midtown Village Building

This condominium building was designed by Frank Miles Day in 1892.

The kitchen of the condominium on sale at 1213-15 Locust St Unit #C, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The kitchen of the condominium on sale at 1213-15 Locust St. Unit #C, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Photos by Matthew Satullo via Bruno Pouget unless otherwise noted

It’s not every day that a space like this hits the market. Legendary Philadelphia architect Frank Miles Day built this building in 1892, and its second-floor condominium is now on sale 124 years later.

The building was constructed in the Italianate style that was popular throughout the United States in the latter half of the 19th century. This look was inspired by Italian homes and is characterized by flat roofs and ornately designed exteriors.

Elements of this style also serve as accents to the otherwise thoroughly modern interior, most notably the condo’s high ceilings, leaded glass windows, and elaborate Victorian fireplace hearths featuring mirrored glass insets, hardwood oak floors and Mercer tiles. (The fireplaces themselves feature gas-jet logs.)

The kitchen has granite counters, a Viking professional grade range and refrigerator, European-style dishwasher and cabinetry and Italian light fixtures, a nod to the building’s architectural heritage. There is also a balcony that overlooks the Midtown Village neighborhood, where the building resides in the heart of the part known as the Gayborhood.

The building used to be occupied by an antique bookshop and an architecture office. When the bookstore moved out eight years ago, the owners of the building decided to renovate the place into condos. There’s still a retail space on the split basement floor that’s currently a hair salon, however.





PRICE: $890,000

ADDITIONAL INFO: There is an open house this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.