Childhood home of Grace Kelly comes 'back to life' in East Falls

A reopening party was held for the family Friday night.

Andrew Kramer
May 11, 2018 - 11:23 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - The East Falls home where actress Grace Kelly grew up was purchased by her son two years ago.

And after some renovations, the house was officially reopened Friday night in royal fashion.

"It was incredible and very emotional, of course," said Prince Albert of Monaco, Kelly's son.

He cut a ribbon outside the front door to kick of this private family party at the home on the corner of Henry Avenue and Coulter Street.

"My cousins did such a great job to make this place livable again," said Prince Albert, "but also in it's former beauty too. It's very exciting to bring this place back to life."

Susan Kelly vonMedicus, the niece of Grace Kelly, helped with the restoration.

"Albert said 'I'd like it to look like it did when we were kids' so that's what the effort has been," she said. So it's a little old fashioned inside, we have quite a few family things that have made the rounds in different family houses and now they're back here."

And believe it or not, behind the linen closet door remains a growth chart of Kelly and her siblings.

A growth chart still in the restored home of Grace Kelly
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"It's so exciting for the family to have this back," added her cousin, John Lehman. "It's too good to be true. It's really wonderful."

Prince Albert feels his mother would have loved to see the place she called home growing up restored to it's original beauty.

"I hope she'd be proud and happy that it stays in the family," he said, "and that those memories she had and that she passed on to us, we will be able to pass on to the next generation as well."

Prince Albert bought the home back in 2016. It won't be open to the public, but will house offices to his environmental foundation.

Princess Grace Foundation events and family gatherings like this one will also be hosted at the house in the future.

Check out some more photos from inside the home below...

Inside Grace Kelly's childhood home
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Inside Grace Kelly's childhood home
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Inside Grace Kelly's childhood home
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