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Discover This Historic Home's Renovation on Delancey

Riki Altman-Yee | March 29, 2021 | Home & Real Estate

Twenty-first century sophistication abounds in this 1857 history-steeped manse.


Successfully blending the past and present is no small task, but 1816 Delancey Street sets the standard for renewed Federal-style architecture in the posh Rittenhouse neighborhood. Those wondering how a four-story, Civil War-era townhouse can dazzle with contemporary upgrades, including an electric car charger and curbless showers, need to experience this nearly 4,700-square-foot achievement.

“A highly respected developer modernized this home by doing a renovation specific to it,” explains Megan Nicoletti, the property’s co-listing agent. “Every room has been modified for luxury—it’s move-in ready. Craftsmanship has been put in every single corner of this home. A lot of detail and care went into it.” She and Kristin Daly, founder and owner of Philly Luxury By The Daly Group and team leader say they were over the moon to represent this prized piece of American history, boasting five bedrooms and five bathrooms with a wider-than-expected layout and myriad oversized windows. “It’s the first time I’ve seen a fully renovated home in the 1800 block,” Daly explains. “And it’s the best location for a single-family home in this city.”


Mary Curtis Bok, who founded the Curtis Institute of Music, was the home’s original owner and her influence can be found right at the entrance. “The door knocker is a stringed instrument,” Daly explains. Just inside the vestibule, however, is where the majesty takes hold. “The details on the first floor that have been preserved are impressive: the original crown mouldings, the hand-laid harlequin marble floors and original marble fireplaces, the woodwork in perfect condition,” she says. “When I first walked in I felt like I was transported to Bond Street in London.”

Nicoletti adds: “My favorite space is the grand entry. It leads back to a room with a beautiful crystal chandelier. I imagine this is where the homeowners would host an exclusive gathering. Th en they would lead guests up the marble steps to an entertainment room with its own bar.”

The second floor offers a logical flow, starting with a spectacular kitchen featuring Wolf appliances and crisp white cabinetry. “The developer chose leading designer Joanne Hudson to reimagine the kitchen and she personalized it in a way that compliments its overall appearance and brings a warm, welcoming, but luxurious, experience,” Nicoletti explains. Adjoining the space is a breakfast area with a walk-out balcony, dining room and a family room. The bedrooms and renovated bathrooms can be found on the third and fourth floors, while a finished basement/two-car garage underground awaits its next owner’s intention. There’s also this bonus amenity: the Rittenhouse lifestyle, which offers the best restaurants, shops, museums, stately parks and more in walking distance, but also life on a street known for its communal feel. $4.5 million, Kristin Daly, 267.266.8629,

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