Chance to tour McIlhenny Mansion

Open house tours are exercises in vicarious living. They’re great for snooping and seeing how the .001 percent lives.

This Sunday’s Center City Residents Association offers folks a chance to visit one of the city's true residential jewels, the former home of art patron and bon vivant Henry McIlhenny, who died in 1986.

Andy Warhol once said of McIlhenny, a former curator and board chair of the Philadephia Museum of Art, that he was "the only person in Philadelphia with glamour.” He was certainly one of city's only denizens who owned an Irish castle.

The 8,600-square-foot mansion is actually six combined properties. This may be one of the last times to tour the property. The mansion sold in April for $4.2 million to Philadelphia developer and potential casino-owner Bart Blatstein, who hopes to tramsform The Inquirer's former N. Broad home into The Provence.

The $25 tour on Oct. 20 includes 10 other Rittenhouse Square properties.

For further information, phone 215-546-6719 or visit the CCRA website.

--Karen Heller