Former Girard Corn Exchange Bank
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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.
The building was most recently known as Trust, a venue and event space that was available for rent. In 2014, the building was listed for sale.
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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
Front, Front Doors, North 3rd Street Side, Southwest Corner
Renovation of the Building
Atrium, Bathroom, Foyer, Purple Bedroom, Spa
Atrium, Basement, Exterior, Kitchen, 2nd Floor
Front, Front Doors, Southwest Corner
Atrium, Billiard Room, Dining Room, Foyer, Kitchen, Living Room, Office, Phone Room
Bathroom, Blue Bedroom, Green Bedroom, Gym, Hallway, Pillow Alcove, Purple Bedroom, Smoking Lounge, Spa
1st Floor, 2nd Floor
April 30 - August 20, 2004
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