Philadelphia History Comes to Market

WAYNE, Pa. – July 2015 – PRLog — 2136 Locust Street, or Samuel House, is the location of Brett Furman’s latest and most historically significant listing to date, in the prestigious Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Center City Philadelphia. This property, a double-width 10,490 square foot four-story Federal brick beauty that broke ground in 1899, was completed in 1905 and counts itself among the notable structures on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. On the market this month for a cool $3.25 million, this grand manse was designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Theophilous P. Chandler, whose professional associates included Alfred I. DuPont, and whose other projects include Delaware’s Winterthur House. Archives also show involvement in the building of 2136 Locust Street by internationally known architect Horace Trumbauer.

“It feels like a real privilege to represent a true piece of Philadelphia history,” said Mr. Furman, broker-owner of RE/MAX Classic in St. Davids. “It’s a spectacular building, with a lot to tell us about our city’s past.”

Built for steel magnate Frank Samuel and his family, this magnificent residence now houses office space and several apartments including a two-level five bedroom “owners’ suite.” A select group of lucky tenants currently occupies the three apartments and all enjoy the many original details, like parquet and herringbone floors, decorative moldings, dormer windows, leaded glass windows, and an elevator with a gilt gold interior, plus a roof deck with gorgeous city views.

“A property like this doesn’t come to market often,” Mr. Furman said. “It’s a rare opportunity for the next owner, and for the city, to see it restored to its original beauty.