Trinity Tuesday: A Colonial Classic in Queen Village

This expanded 1782 trinity was renovated with an eye on both its past and the present.

Living room, 143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Space & Company

Living room, 143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 | TREND Images via Space & Company

Want to live the life of an 18th-century suburbanite but don’t want to give up 21st-century comfort and convenience? Then check out this beautifully renovated trinity on a tree-lined block in Queen Village.

Back in 1782, when this home was built, this neighborhood was called Southwark, and it was Philadelphia’s first suburb. Actually, the neighborhood may be as old as Philadelphia itself, given the Swedish presence in the area prior to William Penn’s arrival in 1682.

This home, however, doesn’t totally show its age, because it was extensively renovated 25 years ago to bring its amenities up to modern standards while preserving its historic charm.

The main floor features an up-to-date eat-in kitchen with chef-quality stainless steel appliances, Mexican tile floor and rustic cabinetry just inside the front door. Beyond the kitchen is a comfortable living room with sliding glass doors at the rear that open onto an attractive landscaped brick patio.

The second floor contains the main bedroom and the bathroom, whose updated fixtures blend in with the room’s Colonial woodwork and vintage claw-foot tub.

(Speaking of Colonial woodwork, note the wide plank hardwood floors throughout this home.)

The top floor houses the second bedroom, which gets ample natural light through its dormer window.

Whoever said “good things come in small packages” had this place in mind, for it packs a lot into its 800 square feet of interior space.






OTHER STUFF: High-velocity central air conditioning ensures year-round comfort inside.

143 Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Trish Kelly | Space & Company]