In the early 19th century, the Naval Home property, a National Historic Landmark, served as the first home of the U.S. Naval Academy and as the nations first retirement home for sailors and marines. The building was designed in 1826 by William Strickland. The original setting of the parade ground in front of Biddle Hall, and the flanking Governors and Surgeon Generals residences will be preserved.
Originally sold to Toll Bros. in 1982 the site sat vacant until fire brought the celebrated Strickland building and site to prominence again. Its potential as a residential site could not be realized until recently: it required the City's commitment through OHNP to bring all the agencies involved to the table to work out a plan, meet with the community and assure the developer that the market was there.
As a result of this joint effort, Toll Brothers is transforming this 20-acre site with
its historic property into a community of distinctive residences ranging
from luxurious townhomes to renovated condominiums with unique architectural details, and off street parking.
Biddle Hall has a private community center, club room, library and business center. There
is a fitness center and jogging/walking trails within the Naval
The City of Philadelphia has been involved at
every stage in the development of this site and the restoration of Biddle
Grays Ferry Avenue & Bainbridge Street
800 Condominiums and Townhomes
Approximate Square Footage: 400 - 2,500
Approx. 200 townhomes
Private, no direct public subsidy
10 year tax abatement on units