- Last summer’s Hurricane Irene and surprising earthquake were not too kind to the landmark Furness-Hewitt designed 19th Street Baptist Church, but, as Plan Philly chronicles, preservationists have begun stabilization of the building. Frank Matero, an architecture professor at Penn, calls the church “diminutive in size, but it is monumental in scale. If you knew nothing about Furness, you still would recognize it is a unique and singular work.” For our recent report on the church’s renovation, an interview with preservationist Aaron Wunsch, click HERE. For a link to our story about our recent members-only tour of 19th Street Baptist, click HERE.
- Local documentarian Tim Greene’s latest work, “From Tragedy to Triumph,” tells a “story of self-empowerment” in the face of urban decline by highlighting the efforts of Helping Energize and Rebuild Ourselves (HERO) in rehabbing a forgotten supermarket at 17th & Tioga Streets to create a vibrant community center.
- The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education’s wildlife clinic in Roxborough recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, says the Roxborough Review. At the reception, it was announced that the clinic has been endowed with a flight cage for raptors being treated at the 340-acre site.
- The Daily Pennsylvanian looks at neighboring Drexel University’s feasibility study to develop the 30th Street rail yards, 55 acres of a potential “innovation zone.”
- Water service has been restored after early yesterday morning’s water main break by Carson and Cresson Streets in Manayunk.
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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