THE REST IS HIS­TORY

BRIM­MING WITH EURO­PEAN IN­FLU­ENCES AND NODS TO FA­MOUS PHILADEL­PHIA HOMES, A CLIN­TON STREET RES­I­DENCE REP­RE­SENTS THE BEST OF BOTH DE­SIGN WORLDS.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY JOANN GRECO

Brim­ming with Euro­pean in­flu­ences and nods to fa­mous Philadel­phia homes, a Clin­ton Street res­i­dence rep­re­sents the best of both de­sign worlds.

Dis­cov­er­ing the 900 and 1000 blocks of Clin­ton Street in the Wash­ing­ton Square West neigh­bor­hood is a rite of pas­sage for ev­ery new­comer to Cen­ter City. Sure, these tree-lined blocks echo the grandeur of those fur­ther up­town (tucked be­tween Pine and Spruce Streets, Clin­ton is es­sen­tially De­lancey Street), but there’s a cer­tain some­thing ex­tra, too. Per­haps it’s the pres­ence of one lush front gar­den after an­other. Maybe it’s the dis­creet charm of the her­ring­bone-pat­terned brick side­walks.

When they first en­coun­tered Clin­ton Street 30 years ago, Linda and David Rogers were im­me­di­ately struck by its spe­cial sit­u­a­tion—in the city but not quite of it. Al­though they were look­ing for a change of scenery from the Rose­mont home in which they had brought up their col­lege-bound chil­dren, Linda wasn’t es­pe­cially con­vinced that city liv­ing was for her. “Clin­ton Street was im­me­di­ately ap­peal­ing be­cause it was so quiet and tucked away,” she says.

It wouldn’t be long be­fore the Rogerses

would find them­selves tak­ing up the chal­lenge of bring­ing the fourstory, 5,000-square-foot home back to its his­toric best. The sprawl­ing Fed­eral-style cor­ner prop­erty def­i­nitely had curb ap­peal, thanks to its long side gar­den and at­tached trin­ity, but the home’s in­te­rior “wasn’t aes­thet­i­cally in­spir­ing,” says Linda. “We had lived in Paris and the Nether­lands for many years, and the style of the great houses of Europe re­ally im­pacted us.”

The first job they tack­led, re­calls David, was to com­pletely re­build the fire­places and re­turn them to wood-burn­ing op­er­a­tion. Then they set about restor­ing or repli­cat­ing de­tails through­out the six-bedroom home. Out went in­tru­sions like the dropped ceil­ings and duct­work, back came the mold­ings and ceil­ing medal­lion, which Linda painted her­self.

What con­trib­uted most to mak­ing this house a home, though, was the cou­ple’s im­pec­ca­ble taste and the an­tiques they had ac­quired through the years. From the English card ta­bles that flank a gra­cious

“THE STYLE OF THE GREAT HOUSES OF EUROPE RE­ALLY IM­PACTED US.”— linda rogers

open­ing be­tween the din­ing room and liv­ing room to the col­lec­tion of brightly hued 18th-cen­tury Meis­sen fig­urines that dance atop a fire­place, ev­ery­thing is care­fully placed and cho­sen to re­flect and en­hance the pe­riod in which the house was built.

Many of those ac­cents will re­main once the cou­ple re­lo­cates to Vir­ginia. These in­clude cus­tom draperies with pe­riod-ap­pro­pri­ate tiebacks, sev­eral glit­ter­ing chan­de­liers, and reams and reams of flo­ral wall­pa­per (which, in one gar­den-like bedroom, ex­tends to cover the ceil­ing).

Also of note are sev­eral nods to Philadel­phia’s his­toric homes: a dumb­waiter fash­ioned after one at Fair­mount Park’s Straw­berry Man­sion, a fire­place that’s sim­i­lar to those in So­ci­ety’s Hill’s Cad­walader House, and sun­burst carv­ings that in­tro­duce a bit of the Bid­dles’ Delaware River man­sion, An­dalu­sia, to Clin­ton Street.

Those carv­ings light up the book­cases in the sec­ond-floor li­brary, which with its moss green leather Ch­ester­field sofa and charm­ing striped arm­chairs is Linda’s fa­vorite room and the one she’ll miss most about the house. David has his own, more mas­cu­line re­treat— painted in a bold red and high­lighted by a burled wal­nut roll-top desk—but for him it’s the lo­cale that stands out. “We al­ways walked ev­ery­where,” he says, “yet we could re­treat from the city when­ever we wanted to.” For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lisa Sil­veri, Agency Real Es­tate Part­ners, 1518 Wal­nut St., 215-990-3159; lux­ury home­sinpa.com.

NODS TO PHILADEL­PHIA’S HIS­TORIC HOMES IN­CLUDE A DUMB­WAITER FASH­IONED AFTER ONE AT FAIR­MOUNT PARK’S STRAW­BERRY MAN­SION.

Great room, in­deed: All of the home’s fire­places were re­stored to wood- burn­ing op­er­a­tion.

The home’s main kitchen and pantry fea­ture light wood cab­i­nets and brick de­tail­ing. lower right: A for­mal gar­den leads to the home’s main en­trance on Clin­ton Street.

A 700- bot­tle wine stor­age cel­lar awaits on the lower level.

The den and of­fice are a stately re­treat.

The din­ing room’s man­sion doors open to the first- floor great room.

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