by Moriah Kelley
One thing I love about living in a city is the constant renovation of the old into the new. On Thursday night, I had the privilege to witness one such renovation in East Kensington as part of the ever growing Fishtown neighborhood. The grand opening of what is being called the Parish House created a spectacular splash. Located at 2134 E Firth St., an old rectory from 1912 was now transformed into a luxurious group of town homes, each with a private roof deck.
The Somers Team is a division of the Remax real-estate company and the genius minds behind this historical neighborhood project. To introduce the project to the neighbors, Karin Wolok curated an event alongside the Somers Team to turn the Parish House into East Kensington’s own 1920s themed speakeasy. Not a detail was left to chance.
Upon arrival awaited a horse drawn carriage. The sounds of Philadelphia jazz legend Drew Nugent accompanied by a live band filled the house as glasses of champagne and cocktails from distillery favorites Blue Coat Gin and Stateside Vodka freely flowed. In the main living room flappers from Peek-A-Boo Revue gave a phenomenal performance. Check out this video on Facebook.
The staging of furniture fit the urban industrial architecture making guests feel like they were walking through a real life Pinterest board. Every nook and cranny had impeccable detail. When I thought I was finished, I was told there was another level to visit. One of my favorite features were the hanging lights from the ceiling that brought together each floor, along with the outdoor patio that was attached to the master bedroom.
A new era of architecture has come to East Kensington while bringing together the community, showing what can be done when using the history of Philadelphia to create the extraordinary. To learn more about the Parish House town homes, view before and after photos, and property features, visit http://thesomersteam.com/page/parish-house.