The Redemption of 19th Street Baptist

 

Plan Philly

  • 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.
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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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