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The many miles of wire produced at the c. 1900 Wireworks building at the turn of the 20th century helped to electrify the U.S. and connect thousands of telephones and telegraphs. Built by Alfred Fitler Moore (his grandfather had been producing wire in the U.S. since 1820 for women’s bonnets and hoop skirts and the original Samuel Morse telegraph, among other products), the building was designed by noted architect John T. Windrim. More than 100 years later, this building became one of Old City’s earliest condo conversions (mid 1980s). Because many of the condos still feature exposed brick and exposed wood beams and ceilings, which is to say they feel perhaps more loft-like than other Old City condos, the Wireworks building remains a favorite of buyers seeking historical surroundings complemented by modern conveniences.
Units range from studios to two bedrooms. Most have wood floors. Kitchens tend to be galley style with breakfast bars that open the kitchen to the main living space. Buyers will find that units vary as far as how up to date they are. Some feel a bit stale and others are ready to be featured in a magazine.
The condo fees are low at the Wireworks building mainly because the list of amenities is rather short – no gym, no doorman, no parking. The building does have a nice lobby and the grounds appear to be well maintained with seasonal landscaping. Despite having 97 units, not that many have been on the market in the past 12 months.
The Wireworks building is very convenient for commuters who need to get to New Jersey via the Ben Franklin Bridge. It also is a quick walk to Franklin Square and a bit farther up Race Street, Chinatown. Of course, residents can also enjoy Old City’s galleries, shops and historical streetscapes steps away from their front door.