Eulogizing A Mantua Home


Photo: Ron Tarver, for The Inquirer

Photo: Ron Tarver, for The Inquirer

  • Although Leona Richardson passed away in 2002, her two-bedroom home at 3711 Melon Street in Mantua, in which she lived from 1946 to 1990, is set to receive a “funeral,” reports The Inquirer. Organizers for this latest “Funeral for a Home,” see the admittedly unusual ceremony as a fitting post hoc send-off for an entire neighborhood (the dilapidated and oft-cited 3711 is surrounded by vacant lots). “A lot of them are being erased. They’re unceremoniously erased from neighborhoods,” said Robert Blackson, director of Temple Contemporary, the university arts program that’s organizing Funeral for a Home. “This project gives us an opportunity to sit for a moment with one of these homes and reflect on its history.” Indeed, Richardson’s home was also selected in part for these honors because her story conforms so well to the archetype of the neighborhood courageous mid-century residents.
  • This October, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture will host its 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival—this year suitably themed “A Decade of Design,” which “calls on event organizers to look back at how far we have come; develop a snapshot in real time for 2014; and create a vision of our future,” says a press release. In commemoration of this anniversary, festival organizers will forgo the usual entrance fee at the standard entry level if submitted to its SEED initiative. For additional information, 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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