While I was working on my master's degree in urban history, I worked at the Elfreth's Alley Museum in Old City. In previous blogs, I have spoken about that excellent piece of history right in the city. However, one of the coolest parts of that street is how the buildings still function as they were intended to - to house a single family.
In an article this week, philly.com digs into just how difficult it is to preserve these pieces of our history. Take Upsala, a historical mansion that was the Continental Army's staging ground in the Battle of Germantown in 1777. It was badly burned in the 30s, nearly converted into a grocery store, until finally becoming a house museum... that apparently bottomed out around 10 visitors per year.
However, the failure of the museum has allowed for a new possibility - restoring its use as a house. Sold last year, the building will be upgraded for modern living. It's a fantastic repurposing and a trend worth emulating for those who hope to save our history.
Want your next house to have history? Want to tour houses with a historian? Reach out to me!
I have 14 years’ experience in residential and commercial properties throughout the Philadelphia area and inner ring suburbs. In my former life, I practiced law in Philadelphia in the areas of Premises and Products Liability, which translated beautifully into having a deep understanding of how houses “work” and Contract Law, not to mention being in the midst of my second personal renovation.
I live with my family in Germantown in a Queen Anne and previously lived in Fishtown until 2011. I am originally a native of Rochester, NY (go Wegmans!) and attended undergrad at Eugene Lang in New York City and University of Rochester, where I received a BA in Political Science in 1998. I attended Law School at State Universit y of New York at Buffalo School of Law where I received a Juris Doctor in 2003 and became a member of the PA Bar as well in 2003. I practiced in Philly for 2 1/2 years before making the leap to real estate, my true love.
I am a dog fanatic with a beautiful Husky/Collie (I’d guess?) mix at home…I can most likely find you a rescue dog too if you’d like one for your home! I am a sucker for old homes with original details, Back staircases, stained glass but love elements of most periods of design.
When I’m not selling houses, I can most often be found hanging out with my two young daughters at all the kid hot spots in town.
2014 & 2018 Space & Company Leadership Award
2017 and 2012 Space & Company Top Producer Transactions Award
2017 Space & Company Double Digit Sales Growth Award
2016 Best Realtor-Philadelphia Home Magazine
2013-2015 Five Star Real Estate Professional Award