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Can Vanna Venturi House and other landmark homes survive the test of new owners?

Can Vanna Venturi House and other landmark homes survive the test of new owners?

Sometime over the last week, the online listing for the Vanna Venturi House, a three-bedroom, two-bath, two-story residence in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia that covers 1,986 square feet and is asking $1.5 million, ticked from "active" to "contract pending." That rearrangement of pixels could mean something encouraging for an important landmark of American architecture or something alarming; the listing agent, Melanie Stecura of Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty, said she wasn't able to reveal anything about the offer or what the potential buyer had in mind for the house.

"Hopefully I can tell you more Friday once the due diligence period is...

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