Historic Designation For Suffragette Meeting House In Somerton

 

“A farmhouse on the Cranaleith Spiritual Center’s campus once served as a meeting place for leading suffragists including Susan B. Anthony during a period in history when women were banned from meeting openly.” | Photo: Maria Young, for the Northeast Times

“A farmhouse on the Cranaleith Spiritual Center’s campus once served as a meeting place for leading suffragists including Susan B. Anthony during a period in history when women were banned from meeting openly.” | Photo: Maria Young, for the Northeast Times

  • On October 29 the Cranaleith Spir­itu­al Cen­ter at Proctor Road & Edison Avenue in Somerton will celebrate its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, reports the Northeast Times. Constructed in 1891 for leading suffragette Rachel Foster Avery, the Victorian farmhouse hosted a few significant meetings of the national women’s right’s movement of the turn of the century. Purchased by Joseph C. Trainer in 1906, Cranaleith would see little in the way of alterations to architect Minerva Parker Nicholas’ design in the course of the Trainer family’s nine decades there.
  • Jake Blumgart reports that 23-years of stasis came to an end earlier this year for Germantown Avenue’s historic Loudoun Mansion as a judge approved the process of deaccessioning the 14-room mansion’s extensive historic collection from its years as a house museum. Natural Creativity, a non-profit that augments the education of homeschooled children, has expressed serious interest in signing a long-term lease and investing the estimated $500,000 needed to restore the building.
  • Given a press tour of the cramped quarters afforded to inmates within Philadelphia’s aging House of Corrections (1927), CBS Philly’s Cherri Gregg reports that maintenance challenges are preventing the Department of Prisons from expanding re-entry services for the mostly non-violent inmates there.
  • NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins looks at the Barnes Foundation’s latest exhibition: a selection of fine art photography from fin de siècle Paris, called “Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography, 1890-1950.” The first such show of photography for the institution, in it we see the mass-produced camera finally closing the gap with mass-produced paints. The images, interested in many of the same visuals found in the Barnes’ usual impressionistic fare, emphasize line and shape, the drama of light. The exhibit runs through January 9, 2017.
  • Philly mag’s Dan McQuade settles a common query of the newly settled Philadelphian: why do Delaware Avenue and Columbus Boulevard—so obviously conceived as one continuous waterfront thoroughfare—have different names?
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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. A sad but hopeful turn of events at Loudon – long a favorite house of mine.

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