Today I Drove to Grace Kelly’s Childhood Home in Philadelphia

Grace Kelly’s brick childhood home is located in the East Falls section of Philadelphia near the Schuylkill River.

Twenty minutes after I pulled out of Brick House 319’s driveway, I was standing in front of her parents’ former house.

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I paused to read the historical state marker which was erected in front of the former Kelly home in October, 2012.

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It was easy finding the Kelly home. As I drove down Henry Ave, which is a four lane busy road, I saw the large brick home on the left. It’s on a corner lot and at an intersection with a stop light.

I turned off Henry Ave, parked on the side street, and walked down the sidewalk toward the back of the house. I saw a pretty brick staircase leading up to the backyard. There was litter beneath the bottom step which perplexed me. (I cropped the photo.)

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Backstory: Grace Kelly’s father “Jack” returned home after serving in WWI and started his own firm called  Kelly for Brickwork. It was one of the most successful brick businesses on the East Coast. The post war building boom of the 1920s made him a wealthy man. He built the 17-room home shortly before Grace Kelly was born in November 1929.

Grace grew up and lived in the house until she graduated from a local private high school. She then ventured off to NYC to pursue acting and enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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Grace Kelly’s mother sold the house in 1970.

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The house was in the  news not too long ago. The SPCA received a hot line tip and investigated. Read Philly Mag article here, NY Post article here and YouTube video here.

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The house still looks the same as it did decades ago. I didn’t see a tennis court, apparently their used to be one on the property.

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It has a slate roof.

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A classic, beautiful brick home.

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There’s a detached garage.

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As I walked down Henry Ave, I saw this classic Buick drive by; I quickly turned around to take a photo.

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I like the glass work above the front door and the hanging lantern.

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A park is located across the street from the house.