2128 Locust Street
$2,990,000 Former Jay Cooke Estate off Rittenhouse
This grand four-bedroom townhouse is exactly why all your friends from other cities should envy you. Style, intricate craftsmanship, opulence, a perfect walkable location, and history make this place irresistible. Built for Jay Cooke, III, socialite grandson of the famous Civil War Financier who so loved Native American Chief Ogontz that he named his estate and hunting lodges after him, giving the Ogontz section of Philadelphia near Elkins Park its name. Also, this home later served as the Italian Consulate. Who will be the next proud and prominent inhabitant?
From the Agents at Kurfiss Sotheby’s: Historic and grand-looking, more like an Upper East Side townhouse than a traditional Philadelphia home–best describe this Beaux Arts-style residence designed in 1900 by Kennedy & Kelsey for notable Philadelphian Jay Cooke III. Later the Italian Consulate, then a private residence, this home in the heart of Rittenhouse Square features stunning craftsmanship. Fine herringbone floors, ornate crown moldings trimming out 14′ ceilings, fireplaces each with a unique design and finish and one-of-a-kind stained and leaded glass windows are but a few of the home’s distinctive features. A mix of formal rooms and “everyday” spaces blend perfectly to accommodate a range of lifestyles. There are pocket doors, built-in shelving in the library, a musician’s alcove and more. This rare property has retained much of its original charm. The semi-finished attic and basement await your creative flare should you wish to expand the already considerable square footage of this wonderful residence.