Prince Albert II Restores Princess Grace Kelly Childhood Home – The East Falls, Philadelphia, home of Princess Grace of Monaco was purchased by his son, Prince Albert, in 2016 and will open to the public. The future American princess on everyone’s mind may be Meghan Markle, but Grace Kelly is once again making headlines of late.
In September 2016, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Kelly’s only son, purchased the East Falls, Philadelphia, home his mother grew up in with the intention to restore it. The Kelly family sold the house more than half a century before Prince Albert’s purchase. Since then, the home, which has since been declared a historical landmark, has been in need of a renovation.
The prince, who acquired the home for $754,000, began restoring the home shortly afterward with the help of his first cousin and Princess Grace’s nephew, John B. Kelly III, who supervised the work on the house. Tours of the house will benefit the Princess Grace Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
The interior design is reminiscent of the decor from the era when the Kelly family resided in the home. It is furnished with family heirlooms and pieces that are of a similar style. Whenever possible, the interior was restored to its original form, including the kitchen and bathroom tile, the windows, and even the exterior shutters. The house still includes the twin bed that Kelly slept in as a child and a closet door that has the marked heights of Kelly and her siblings throughout the years, starting in 1931 when the future princess was just 2 years old.
In 1928, Prince Albert II’s grandfather and Princess Grace’s father, John B. Kelly, built the six-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot home, which would later become the place where Prince Rainier III of Monaco proposed to then-actress Grace Kelly. Mr. Kelly was the founder of a brickwork contracting company in Philadelphia, known as John B. Kelly, Inc. According to Ellen Sheehan, the Co-President of the East Falls Historical Society, the architect for the home was Phil Aiello. Like Kelly’s mother, Margaret, Aiello’s wife’s maiden name was Majer; the two women were directly related.
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Source: architectural digest