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Have a couple of millions of dollars sitting around collecting dust? Looking to buy a prime parcel of real estate in America’s most historic square mile? Fan of MTV’s “Real World” reality show? Look no further than the corner of Third and Arch Streets in Old City Philadelphia.

If you were a fan of MTV’s “Real World Philadelphia” in 2004 then you might be interested in a piece of television history and a prime real estate address. For a mere $4.3 million you could own the home that housed seven strangers of the popular cable network reality show a decade ago when the season played out in and around Philadelphia.

The three-story building built in 1902 has some other significance besides being home to the cast of “Real World Philadelphia” in the show’s 15th season. Designed by noted bank architect John T. Brugger, the 15,000-square foot neoclassical building was originally the Union Bank of Philadelphia and then the Girard Corn Exchange National Bank and Trust Company until 1970. That it when the structure was sold to the Seaman’s Church Institute. The building still has the Girard Corn Exchange name etched into the crown of the structure.

Purchased in 2003 by Yaron Properties for $2.2 million the property was renovated and made camera-ready for the reality program. After the show wrapped, the building has been used as a fine art gallery and event venue space.

One of the real estate brokers handling the property says the building can be used for a variety of businesses like an office, a retail store, restaurant or catering hall.

The property comes complete with a vault room that was originally used to house the former banks’ receipts and was unlocked to serve as the “confessional room” on “Real World Philadelphia” where cast members recapped the past week’s events and dished the dirt on fellow house guests.

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