This Delancey Place Home Was Previously Owned by Mary Curtis Bok

By Antonia DePace | February 13, 2021 | Home & Real Estate

The living room

For many Philadelphians, Delancey Place is a street of dreams. It’s where couples get engaged, families go trick-or-treating every Halloween and neighbors stroll the herringbone-patterned brick sidewalks. It’s also where people daydream about their next home, says listing agent Kristin Daly of Daly Luxury Homes. “A lot of our clients have gone to the educational institutions in the area, and they have a lot of stories from undergrad where they would walk down the street and imagine the day that they would be there and live there.”

The master suite

One such residence is 1816 Delancey St. The five-bed, five-bath townhome is nestled right in the heart of the block and features a newly renovated kitchen, bathrooms, closets and bedrooms. Originally home to Mary Curtis Bok, the founder of the Curtis Institute of Music, the nearly 4,700-square-foot home speaks to its history with a stately front door adorned with musical instrument-shaped hardware that nods to its past. An elegant vestibule leads into a grand foyer featuring original elements like white marble floors, a black marble fireplace, expert crown molding and high ceilings. The stunning white marble staircase, another original detail, leads homeowners to the second level, where a Joanne Hudson-designed kitchen, catwalk balcony and living and dining rooms await. “I love climbing the beautiful staircase up to the second floor and then pausing in the middle of the ascent and looking back down at the foyer/reception area,” Daly says. “It’s such a gorgeous setting with the fireplace, high ceilings and reflective nature of all the materials used below.”

Marble accents, crown molding, a fireplace and marble mantels are only some of the stunning details in the grand foyer PHOTO BY WEFILMPHILLY
Marble accents, crown molding, a fireplace and marble mantels are only some of the stunning details in the grand foyer

The staircase also leads to the third and fourth floors, where the master and additional bedrooms exist, along with fully updated bathrooms. The third floor, which specifically houses the master bedroom, features an internal dressing suite and beautiful claw-footed tub— another call to history of the 1800s conserved on the first floor. Heading to the basement, new homeowners can test their creativity with the fully primed space. “You have a massive footprint in the basement that can be basically a full floor of exercise, gym, yoga, meditation and health space, if you will,” Daly says. “It’s really desirable and gorgeous.” $4.5 million, Kristin Daly, 267.266.8629,

Photography by: WEFILMPHILLY