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Given the purple awning and flower-painted front door at 212 Delancey Street, you can tell that someone with an artsy soul owns this house.
Stained glass, hand-painted walls and antiques fill the eclectic interior of the 2,838-sqare foot Society Hill home, which is the latest Delancey Street home to hit the market.
Sondra Busch purchased the home in 1978 with her late husband H. Donald Busch, who was a lawyer and movie-chain company president. Recently married and raising four young kids, Busch said she and her husband bought the home as a change of lifestyle coming from Elkins Park. Plus, the home, which was rebuilt in the early 1970s, provided a great opportunity for them to make it their own.
“It was very bare bones, very rudimentary,” Busch said. “There were many areas that I thought we could work with.”
Busch and her husband decorated the home so that nearly every square inch would be a colorful surprise: paintings from around the world, antiques such as century-old chandeliers and balusters, and most notably, the hand-painted walls.
In almost every room – including the bathrooms – there are painted walls of flowers, butterflies, and other forest elements painted by Tom Boyer.
“The painting started in the kitchen, and I loved what they did, so I had them continue into the other rooms,” Busch said.
The common theme revolves around butterflies, which are drawn in most of the rooms.
“Butterflies are beautiful, free, and happy,” Busch said. “You look at them and you have to smile; they’re never sad. That’s what I love about them. I have since I was a child.”
Coincidentally, there is a modern sculpture of a butterfly in the front of the home, but that was already there when the couple moved in.
Also around the home are stained glass fixtures by Frank Gallagher, which can be found in the living room, kitchen and bathrooms.
Throughout their time in the home, the couple upgraded the kitchen four times, relocated the foyer, and renovated the living room.
The dining room has a mirrored closet, marble buffet, and wood floors. This room leads to the living room, which has granite floors, a concealed fireplace, and sliding doors that lead to a landscaped garden.
The hand-painted staircase leads to the second-floor master bedroom, and is adjacent to a den with bamboo walls, a built-in dry bar, and custom cabinetry. The third floor includes the two other bedrooms.
The home has three bedrooms, two full and two half baths.
After more than 35 years there, Busch has decided to sell the home for $1.2 million and relocate to Florida with her companion.
“It’s taken me four years since my husband passed away to come to the decision,” she said. “I love everything about it; it’s very hard and very sad for me, but it’s time.”
The home is listed with Bari Shor of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach.
All photos are by Drew Callaghan.