Prince Albert shows off stunning renovations of East Falls’ Kelly House
The TODAY Show’s Hoda Kotb visited the Kelly house in East Falls recently to see the just-completed renovations to the historic home, completed by Kelly’s son, Prince Albert II. Watch the video below.
Albert bought the house in 2016 for $755,000 after it had been originally listed for $1,000,000. The property was sold by Elfant Wissahickon, which specializes in historical homes. See the Redfin listing for more info on the lot.
In 1953, when Grace Kelly was not yet Princess Grace, she posed in front of the house with a Jeep that was raffled to raise money for Grace’s alma mater, the Stevens Junior School (now defunct).
When Prince Albert’s purchase of the house became public, he declared his intentions to convert the house into regional offices for the Princess Grace Foundation, as well as a occasional space for public events and tours (although he expressed a wish to respect the neighborhood’s residential vibe).
Curbed Philly’s Melissa Romero also took the following pictures, released through the Wikimedia Commons.
East Falls Local captured some great pics of the house in 2016 before any renovations began, including some shots of my favorite feature in the house, the built-in rathskeller in the basement.
You can see more footage of the house as it was historically in this interview shortly after the marriage announcement in 1956:
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This is an adaptation of a tour for Philadelphia Rail Park Tours, an affiliated company of Popular History. The tour begins just north of Callowhill & Broad.
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