Princess Grace Kelly’s Childhood Home Underwent a Stunning Restoration

Grace Kelly's childhood home underwent a full restoration and will be available for public viewing.Photograph By Melissa Romero of Curbed
 

Prince Albert II of Monaco has completed renovations of the home where his mother, Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, grew up. The Hollywood star took her first step to becoming a princess at the charming home as that is where Prince Rainer III proposed, according to the Observer. Their son purchased the home for $755,000 in 2016, and worked to restore it to its true 1930s state with the help of his cousin, John B. Kelly III. Old photographs were used to ensure that it looked as close to the original structure as possible.

Through the years, the home and yard managed to fall into a state of disrepair, but it’s amazing how many original details remained unchanged. Much of the layout stayed true even as the property changed hands multiple times. One fun detail that persisted was the chart that was still visible on the linen closet door denoting the height changes of the Kelly children through the years, and including the family dog, Rinkles.

Grace's father, John B. Kelly, also had a fully functioning bar fondly named the "Kelly Tavern" downstairs, which is still in the basement. And even the princess' childhood twin bed survived the passage of time. Original kitchen and bathroom tiles as well as windows and shutters were carefully preserved during the recent restoration.

Grace Kelly's childhood home before an extensive restorations.Photograph Courtesy of Wikicommons. Grace kelly's Childhood Home prior to the extensive restoration.
 

Her son’s goal for the home is to use it as a regional office for the Princess Grace Foundation and as a hub for meetings when in the states, but made sure to maintain the feeling of a “home” rather than a business location. It is also important to the prince not to disrupt the integrity of the neighborhood.