District Health Center # 1, Unassuming, Yet A Preservation Must

 

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  • Naked Philly asks: should District Health Center No. 1 be preserved? The building, at 500 South Broad Street, was designed by Montgomery & Bishop in 1959 and was included on the Preservation Alliance’s Endangered Properties list this year. With the City proposing to leave the space, Lou Mancinelli thinks redevelopment likely at this prime location. “Whatever becomes of the building,” he says, “it’s a part of history and as citizens of this metropolis we can decide to work towards preserving or destroying the pillars of that history.”
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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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  1. Not a preservation must. If the building can be repurposed to better interact with the street and the parking lot can be developed then fine. If it can’t tear down the building and build something better. The environment it creates is more important than the building itself.

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