The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania built the "Episcopal Church House" in 1894 for $155,000. The five-story brick-and-limestone structure is located at the corner of 12th and Walnut Street, in Center City, Philadelphia. The Church House functioned as diocese headquarters. The bishop of Pennsylvania maintained an office on the second floor. The original building had a pipe organ in a second-story chapel with stained glass windows and eight stone statues of the saints posted on its roof.
The diocese stayed 27 years, selling the building for $325,000 in 1921 to the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber sold the building in 1946 to Jefferson Medical College, which sold it in 1975 to Pierre Uniforms Inc. When we bought the building in 1986, the price was $950,000, but the building had seen better days and required a complete overhaul. Our goal was to rehabilitate this historic building into the finest law offices in the United States.