The Briggs House is a boutique apartment building with luxury rental apartments and private parking.

This prestigious property belongs to the collection of Front Street townhouses known as Governors’ Row. It was built in 1863 by attorney John H. Briggs, a prominent civic leader of his generation and a direct descendant of John Harris, Jr., the founder of Harrisburg.

Briggs’ great house has withstood the test of time. The conversion to luxury apartments, completed in 2015, set a new standard for luxury and style for today’s sophisticated urban dweller.

  • LOCATION. Located in the historic heart of the city, the Briggs House is within walking distance of every destination of downtown Harrisburg.
  • PRIVATE PARKING. City living is better without the hassles of city parking. The Briggs House offers the ultimate convenience of gated, onsite parking.
  • HISTORIC RENOVATION. The historic Briggs House was completely renovated in 2015 with a new, energy-efficient roof; preservation of historic woodwork; all new plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems; luxurious interior finishes; and more.
  • RIVERFRONT ADDRESS. True today just as it was when this great house was built over 150 years ago, Front Street remains the iconic address of the city overlooking the Susquehanna.
  • LUXURY & AMENITIES. The exceptional luxury of these apartments features: historic woodwork; tall windows & ceilings; designer kitchens, fixtures, & appliances; laundry in-unit; glass & tile showers; architectural lighting; central air; key fob access; 24/7 on-call maintenance; and more.

Vartan Property Management is the leasing agent.

News & Press.

“Briggs House at 17 North Front Street features renovated, historic luxury: Cool Spaces,” Patriot-News/PennLive, March 27, 2015.

“Vartan Group unveiling historic renovation today on North Front Street,” Central Penn Business Journal, March 26, 2015.

“Anatomy of a renovation,” H. Ralph Vartan for the Central Penn Business Journal, July 8, 2015.

Certifications & Awards.

  • Residential Construction Project of the Year, Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards (2016).
  • Historic Preservation Award, Historic Harrisburg Association (2016).
  • Best Commercial Renovation Over $100,000, HBA Pyramid Awards (2016).
  • Certified Rehabilitation of a certified historic structure, US Department of the Interior – National Park Service (2015).
  • Certified Rehabilitation, PA Historical & Museum Commission – Bureau of Historic Preservation (2015).


  • Municipality: City of Harrisburg (Dauphin County, PA)
  • Offered For: Luxury apartment rental
  • Availabilities: Waitlist only
  • Parking: Gated, onsite parking