Sold: $1.75M Society Hill home designed by Cecil Baker

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This Society Hill home, designed by renowned architect Cecil Baker, has sold for $1.75 million.

A Society Hill home designed – and redesigned – by renowned architect Cecil Baker has sold for $1.75 million, according to public records.

Baker, whose work can be found throughout the Philadelphia region in condo buildings, universities, and more, designed this row home on the 600 block of Spruce Street in 1974, and then returned just several years ago to do a major renovation. 

“He said it’s a very rare chance that you get to work on one of your early works,” Molly Napolitano, the home’s previous owner, told us earlier this year when the home hit the market. “He was so nice, and just so talented. He’s so easy to work with. We just really respect his design.”

Napolitano and her husband completed many renovations over the eight-year period they lived in the 4,200-square-foot home. With the help of Baker, they made the first level an indoor/outdoor space by installing a Nanawall – a type of sliding glass door – that leads to the courtyard.

They also expanded the master bedroom, two decks off the bedrooms on the third and fourth floors, and added in  rift sawn white oak flooring in the dining and living room. 

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home also includes a 500-bottle wine cooler, a gym, and a two-car garage. 

According to public records, the home sold in June. It was first listed for $2.18 million.

Baker, who studied under Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania, was in the news earlier this year for his work in designing the “glass needle” condo building that is planned for Fifth and Walnut Streets.

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