Graduate Hospital’s Church Architecture “Under Siege”

JoAnn Greco | Plan Philly

  • Plan Philly highlights the “crisis” of the many churches in Graduate Hospital, “under siege” by both the gentrifying efforts of developers and the internal neglect seen with their diminishing and aging congregations. Preserving these structures (usually through adaptive reuse) is increasingly being regarded as “the most pressing preservation problem facing” Philadelphia. There have been quite a few success stories though, as some “churches have learned to be really creative about how to raise money, how to use their space, how to tell their story.”
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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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