A Former Garage, Now a Light-Filled Residence, Lists for $625K in Philadelphia

A striking example of adaptive reuse, the three-bedroom home designed by local firm C2 Architecture comes with 15-foot-tall ceilings, handcrafted millwork, and multiple private patios.
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An industrial-inspired, single-family residence housed in a former garage space in Philadelphia’s historic Germantown neighborhood is now seeking its first buyer. Spanning 2,135 square feet, the recently completed home at 56 West Queen Lane is one of four residences on the block reimagined by local firm C2 Architecture. 

The home at 56 West Queen Lane in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood sports a white-and-gray facade complete with large windows and a covered seating area near the main entrance.

"This project came to me because I live in the neighborhood and knew these four properties as beyond blighted but full of potential," says architect Jim Cassidy, who cofounded the Philadelphia firm with his wife, architect and Certified Passive House Consultant Ilka Cassidy. "Our team sought to use this renovation project to show that development doesn’t have to maximize zoning envelopes, and that existing structures, no matter how far gone, can be brought back in interesting ways," he continues.

The main living areas on the ground level feature solid oak hardwood floors with a natural finish.

For the two-story residence at 56 West Queen Lane—now listed for $625,000—the team at C2 Architecture reimagined an old garage space into a bright and airy home that retains much of the existing structure’s original charm. Some of the property’s most notable highlights include the many industrial-inspired details throughout. 

Refurbished, exposed beams and ducts pay homage to the building’s past as a garage space while also adding playful pops of color against the surrounding white walls and ceilings.

On the first floor, the 25-by-32-foot primary living space boasts 15-foot-tall ceilings with refurbished, exposed ducts and beams with their original chains. "The ceiling heights of the living spaces are because of what was needed in the previous garage use," says the architect. "The steel hoists and structure were left exposed and provide an armature for lighting fixtures."

The kitchen features all-new appliances, as well as custom cabinetry and elongated countertops.

A slatted wall made from reclaimed pine envelopes the newly built staircase, which connects the main floor to a second-level addition with extra living and sleeping spaces. "Cutouts in the wooden slats provide views as one ascends upwards," Cassidy explains. "Once on the second floor, the wood transitions to a lighter aluminum railing." A large skylight above the stairs allows natural light to filter through to the first level.

The team at C2 Architecture designed the new staircase from reclaimed wood slats.

The geometric stairs connect the home’s first floor to a second-level addition.

In total, the home offers three large bedrooms—two of which come with en suite baths. There is also a half-bath near the primary gathering spaces on the lower level. In addition, the property features multiple outdoor areas, including two roof patios and a covered seating area at the entrance, plus a private cobblestone patio at the rear of the residence.

A bedroom on the main level features tall ceilings and spacious closets. It also includes an en suite bathroom and opens to a private cobblestone patio.

Skylights can be found throughout the residence, allowing plenty of natural light to sweep inside. An en suite bathroom on the second level features vaulted ceilings and a large roof window.

The second level offers two spacious roof patios where residents can relax or entertain.

The rear of the home features a cobblestone patio that connects to the ground-level bedroom.

56 West Queen Lane in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is currently listed for $625,000 by Jeff City Block of Compass.

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