12 Oct $599k: Benjamin Franklin’s Kite Key Actually Opened The Door To This Renovated Home
This two-bedroom, three-story home at 2 Loxley Court in Philadelphia listed for $599,000 dates back to the 1740s. Built by master carpenter Benjamin Loxley, Benjamin who was a close friend of founding father Benjamin Franklin, Curbed Philadelphia reports.
It’s said that Loxley, who worked on the city’s Independence Hall — yes, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both signed — collaborated with Franklin on some of the latter Ben’s electricity experiments.
Best of all, the key used for Franklin’s famed kite experiment is also said to come from the front door of this now-restored pad.
Loxley was the first to construct this spread in a lot that eventually became Old City’s gated Loxley Court, which now holds seven homes.
One of which, No. 8, was reportedly a gathering space for a group of Methodists, who used that structure to hold meetings on the first floor. On the second floor, a minister preached his sermons to congregants who gathered in the courtyard below.
Now, Loxley’s lair has a renovated open kitchen with a farmhouse sink and new appliances. On one side, the kitchen looks out to a dining room; on the other, it peeks into the two-tiered backyard, which has 15-foot-high walls for privacy.
The stately living room has handsome beamed ceilings and a fireplace. There’s another fireplace upstairs in the master bedroom, which stands near a renovated bathroom.
The second bedroom is located on the third floor and looks out to the backyard.
The three levels have hardwood flooring. And, fitting for its back story, the property has a historic designation.