If you just bought a mansion on Pine Street and are finding yourself a little short on original interior details, the folks at Architectural Antiques Exchange can probably help. Since the late 1970s, this place has specialized in antique pieces that date back as far as the 1700s, just in case your new mansion is in Society Hill. For those looking to class up their home, they specialize in antique mantels, doors, and furniture. And if you’re looking for an authentic Irish pub setup in your basement, they’ve probably got your back in that department as well.
This company operates out of a storefront at 709-15 N. 2nd St., a location that has gotten increasingly more attractive as the years have rolled along. Back when the business opened, Northern Liberties was in the proto stages of its rebirth and was still dominated by industrial buildings. Even as far back as we can remember, to the late 1990s, there wasn’t much active retail in the immediate vicinity aside from the 700 Club and the long gone Liberties Bar.
Of course, these days North 2nd Street is a successful commercial corridor and we can’t even count the number of businesses on the surrounding blocks. We have to think that the combination of the desirability of the area and the fact that the business has operated for so long are conspiring to motivate the owners of Architectural Antiques Exchange to sell their triple wide building. The property is a featured listing on the Binswanger website, which provides info on the property but doesn’t include a price.
The listing indicates that there’s roughly 20K sqft of space over three floors, and the building also includes a freight elevator. An old Loopnet listing states that the building was constructed in the 1920s for the Dura-Bilt Furniture Manufacturing Company and accurately suggests that there’s nothing else like it on the corridor. The building has not been designated historic from what we can tell, which means that a developer that buys this property can demo the existing building and replace it with something new. And because it’s zoned CMX-2.5, we could potentially see a four or five story building rise on this site. We’d still prefer adaptive reuse though, this building’s bones are pretty great.
If you’ve always wanted to buy a former factory in Northern Liberties, this could be your chance. Maybe the outgoing business will even throw in some antiques for the lucky buyer.