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Former Girard Corn Exchange Bank

Former Girard Corn Exchange Bank

Home of The Real World Philadelphia

249 - 251 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Former Girard Corn Exchange Bank Information:

The 14,494 square foot, three-story neoclassical building is located next to the Betsy Ross House in the heart of Philadelphia’s vibrant and historic Old City district.

Constructed in 1902, the building was known as The Girard Corn Exchange Bank until 1970. It was then sold to the Seamen’s Church Institute for the use of housing seafarers from around the world. Placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on 1/6/1977, the building was sold on 1/3/2003 to Yaron Properties, Inc. for $2,200,000. At the time of the sale, Yaron Properties was already planning to renovate the interior of the building.

Approximately $3 Million worth of furnishings and construction went into renovating the building for the filming of the series. The interior was designed by Norm Dodge of Norm Dodge & Associates. There were 42 fixed cameras mounted inside the building. In 3/2004, workers were two-thirds finished with the renovations for the filming of the series when Bunim-Murray Productions announced they were leaving Philadelphia due to a dispute with the local trade unions. The renovations were delayed several weeks.

As late as 10/2004, the interior of the building remained decorated with all of the interior furnishings used during the filming of the series. The furnishings were eventually removed and the building was rebranded as The F.U.E.L. Collection – Fine Art Gallery. The Bathroom on the 2nd floor has been enclosed and is the only remaining renovation from the filming of the series.

Today the building is known as Trust, a venue and event space and is available for rent.

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Former Girard Corn Exchange Bank Visit, March 2007
Arch Street, Atrium, Bathroom, Billiard Room, Betsy Ross House, Blue Bedroom, Dining Room, Front, Front Doors, Green Bedroom, Gym, Kitchen, Living Room, North 3rd Street Side, Office, Phone Room, Pillow Alcove, Purple Bedroom, Smoking Lounge, Southwest Corner, Spa

Post-Filming Pictures
Front, Front Doors, North 3rd Street Side, Southwest Corner

Renovation of the Building
Atrium, Bathroom, Foyer, Purple Bedroom, Spa

Pre-Renovation Pictures
Atrium, Basement, Exterior, Kitchen, 2nd Floor

Exterior
Front, Front Doors, Southwest Corner

Basement
Confessional Room

1st Floor
Atrium, Billiard Room, Dining Room, Foyer, Kitchen, Living Room, Office, Phone Room

2nd Floor
Bathroom, Blue Bedroom, Green Bedroom, Gym, Hallway, Pillow Alcove, Purple Bedroom, Smoking Lounge, Spa

3rd Floor
Control Room

Floor Plans
1st Floor, 2nd Floor

Taping Dates
April 30 - August 20, 2004

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Updated - August 12, 2012

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