Her son Prince Albert gave NBC’s Today a tour of the restored house.
After Princess Grace Kelly’s son, Prince Albert of Monaco, bought her childhood home in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood for $755,000 in October 2016, rumors swirled he was restoring it to open it to the public as a museum.
But in an exclusive tour with Hoda Kotb of NBC’s Today, the royal said that the home will be kept for family use and offices for his foundation.
“I think after talking to some of my cousins about this, we didn’t want to see it disappear or see it transformed in any way by future owners,” Prince Albert told Hoda Kotb on NBC’s TODAY. “It’s a big part of our family’s history.”
According to Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, Prince Albert and his cousins used family photos to restore the 2.5 story Colonial house to what it looked like when Princess Grace grew up there.
“Prince Albert is very close to his family — his cousins and extended family,” Boshak told TODAY. “And one of the things that’s very endearing is that the upstairs rooms were established for them to stay as a family. The big room upstairs has been set up for the children to play.”
In addition to being home to Prince Albert and his family when they visit Philadelphia, the house will also be used as the offices for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and as an events space The Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
“We’re looking forward to doing a number of events at the home that showcase the award winners,” Boshak said.
See the full interview and what the house looks like today below:
Originally published at https://www.townandcountrymag.com/