Historic Ship May Leave Penn’s Landing

  • The Inquirer reports that the sinking USS Olympia, famed for its role in establishing an American Empire in 1898, will likely be saved. Six organizations, only two of which are Philadelphia based, have submitted their financial plans for preserving the Penn’s Landing fixture, an effort that will require an estimated $20 million.
  • Another step in the preservation fight for Church of the Assumption on Spring Garden Street, which will reach its climax after New Years’. PlanPhilly reports that the Common Pleas Court will hear the arguments for and against the razing of the Church of the Assumption, on the 1100 block of Spring Garden. The Callowhill Neighborhood Association hopes that the 1849 building’s historic and architectural credentials will prevent it from becoming a parking lot. Perhaps their best argument will be the ongoing demolition of the Poor Clares convent (see John Vidumsky’s article and Peter Woodall’s photo essay on Poor Clares tomorrow). For more on significant churches in limbo, see Rachel Hildebrandt’s piece in News, at 11AM today.
  • Newsworks reports on Saturday night’s “Dance on the Falls,” on the Falls Bridge. Conceived by the East Falls Development Corporation as a way of promoting the neighborhood’s image, the gathering saw some 600 guests dancing on the closed bridge—a structure deemed “awkward” and “incomplete” by local architect Ian Smith.
  • Temple’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods meets Haj Nianghane, a West African street vendor from Germantown, talking the “American Dream.”
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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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