It’s not so common for a Frank Furness home to come on the market, as much of the late architect’s work was demolished in the 20th century.
What's even rarer is the chance to rent one of Furness' residences.
But a Center City carriage home designed by the Philadelphia-born architect in 1886 has recently come on the rental market.
Located at 1317 Irving St. – between Locust and Spruce Streets – the 2,800-square-foot home is going for $2,900 per month.
Public records show the home was sold in December for $855,330 to the Library Company of Philadelphia, which last month decided to put the historic home up for rent.
Leasing agent Andrew Allison of Precision Realty Group told us that the Library Company, which is located around the corner from the Furness home, is "exploring the options of expanding their campus, so they're purchasing properties in the immediate vicinity."
Allison said the non-profit purchased another carriage house next door to the Furness home a couple of years ago. He said the Library Company does not have any immediate plans to expand yet, so they're renting the place out in the mean time.
With a large open space on the first floor, Allison said the property could work well for "an artistic type of person" to use as a studio space.
The home has two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, and has high ceilings, exposed beams and brick throughout.
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