Brewerytown Converted Mansion Condo for Sale
This large house, built in 1868 for the co-owner of a nearby brewery, has been converted into three modern yet historic condominiums. This is the largest of the three.
As you all know, Brewerytown takes its name from the 20 or so breweries that operated there before Prohibition. The 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act reduced just about all of these breweries, but some of their buildings still stand, and a number of them have been or are being converted into residences. (One, mentioned in our Brewerytown neighborhood guide, is nearing the end of its journey from the brewery to the building.)
One of the first residential brewery conversions in Brewerytown was that of the City Park Brewery, which spanned a one-and-a-half-block site between 28th and 29th Streets of Poplar Street to the south. Louis Bergdoll founded this brewery in 1846 in the 500 block of Vine Street, then moved it to the site where it would operate for the rest of its existence in 1856.
At that time the brewery was known as Bergdoll and Psotta. (Bergdoll did not give it the name City Park until 1881.) The buildings at the south end of the brewery, along Parrish Street, and the two houses Bergdoll called home in the vicinity, survive , and all these structures have been renovated and subdivided. in condos or apartments.
The mansion containing this Brewerytown condo for sale was owned by the brewery’s other partner, Charles Psotta. It was one of a series of extra-wide (22ft) semi-detached townhouses designed for the city’s beer barons on what was then its outskirts.
Henry Seibert, who owns and runs Archive Development Group with business partner Ryan Kalili, says he believes Christian Schmidt was Psotta’s neighbor on Avenue Girard. “I forget the names of the others, but they were all some of the most prominent people in Philadelphia at the time,” he continues. “And Girard was like the outskirts of town, almost the suburbs, so they had these huge mansions with big backyards.
“At some point it was converted to a six unit apartment building and then the previous owner converted it to a large owner’s unit he lived in and two more bedrooms accessed from the side yard.”
Kailil and Seibert retained this configuration when they purchased the building from this owner. But they put a lot of effort into both restoring and upgrading all three units. Much of the trim in the bedrooms had been damaged or removed. The rooms had been painted in strange colors. And the hardwood floors clearly needed repainting.
So they got to work. “The idea was to bring [the house] into the modern era while retaining as much historical nature as possible,” says Seibert.
They did this by redoing all the walls white, whitewashing and refinishing the floors where possible and replacing them where they weren’t, and finding replacements for some of the missing details at Provenance in Fishtown. Next, they laid new vintage-looking tiles and retro plumbing fixtures in the bathrooms.
Then they opted for the modern. The eat-in kitchen features sleek modern cabinetry and Bertazzoni appliances. And they sourced furniture and fixtures from Mode Moderne in Old Town to give the rooms a mid-century modern feel.
“The idea was that we wanted it to look like a New York, West Village, sophisticated restored brownstone,” says Seibert. “Finding furniture that really fits our whole vision.”
The “owner’s dwelling” is now a spacious classic with clean lines and light-filled rooms on the top three floors of the house. The second floor includes the large living room above, a cozy den, a kitchen with dining area and a dining area beyond the kitchen. A door in the bay window of the dining room leads to a large rear terrace.
The third floor contains three bedrooms. The main one has a dressing room as large as some bedrooms and a retro-modern bathroom with a bathtub, two sinks and two showers.
And the top floor consists of a bonus room with a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. It could serve as a home office, playroom or guest room.
This main unit also includes the basement, where you can store your belongings.
The mix of tradition and modernity that Archive has chosen to infuse into the three units of this condo makes them very attractive. And their proximity to Fairmount Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Brewerytown’s shopping and dining district add to the appeal. The same goes for the two one-bedroom units on the first floor.
And, of course, the first thing you should do once you move into this converted Brewerytown mansion condo for sale is raise a glass of beer in celebration. You’ll find a great craft brewery, sandwich and bottle shop with over 250 different beers, and several other hopped options just a few blocks down Girard Avenue in the heart of Brewerytown.
THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS
SQUARE FEET: 4,000
SELLING PRICE: $895,000
OTHER THINGS: Monthly condo fees of $520 cover building insurance, maintenance of outdoor and common areas, water and sewer service and reserve fund. The co-listing agent (Seibert) owns an interest in the property. This unit has a pending offer, but the seller is accepting backup offers. Units B (1 bed, 1 bath, 1,000 square feet, $359,000) and C (1 bed, 1 bath, 600 square feet, $279,000) are also on the market.
2006 Girard Ave., Unit A, Philadelphia, PA 19130 [Abram Haupt and Ryan Seibert | Elfant Wissahickon Realtors]