- Holmesburg’s Pennypack Creek Bridge, first commissioned by William Penn in 1697, will get a state historical marker commemorating its vibrant history, including its part in helping Washington’s army journey to the climax of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown, Virginia. A $5,000 grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia provides for the distribution of a walking tour brochure and the placement of the marker, which is set to be unveiled on October 13, at 11AM.
- Grid looks at the sustainable design of the Barnes Foundation and its grounds. While the newly relocated museum awaits the confirmation of its LEED Platinum status (making it only third in the country with that distinction), project manager Philip Ryan and others are all too happy to showcase the aesthetics of sustainability.
- The Inquirer reports that the Bruce Springsteen themed exhibit, “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land,” netted only about 77% of the projected revenue spelled out in the National Consititution Center’s budget for 2012. And so, the Independence Mall institution will have to cut corners for next year—this on top of the revolving door of the Center’s presidents.
- In an effort to curtail the vandalism of public art and monuments—namely the damage inflicted by skateboarders on memorials like Front & Spruce Street’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial—City Council has approved a bill increasing the resulting fine from $300 to $2,000.
About the author
Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.
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