Free Access To The Germantown White House Tomorrow

 

GWH Newsworks

The oldest surviving presidential residence | Photo: Newsworks

  • The National Park Service will open Germantown’s “White House” (actually the Deshler-Morris House) free to the public Saturday from 10AM-4PM to commemorate the Battle of Germantown, which took place 237 years ago tomorrow. Closed throughout the year due to low funding, the Independence National Historic Park site at 5442 Germantown Avenue was the temporary residence of two important figures in Philadelphian and American history: British General William Howe after his victory at the Battle of Germantown, and President Washington during the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793.
  • Nearly three years since the end of its economic-development program, the Delaware River Port Authority transferred Wednesday $4.2 million from that dormant fund. The Inquirer reports that $3.7 million of that will go towards the ongoing renovations on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Updates were also provided on the agency’s efforts to resurrect Franklin Square: a firm has been contracted to renew its studies for that action, including analyses of population growth in Old City and Northern Liberties.
  • After coming across some online commenters dismissing the new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk as a mere plaything for the affluent at the expense of our sinking schools, Philadelphia magazine’s Joel Mathis ponders the interplay of urbanism and class warfare. He concludes that a.) the $18 million price tag is the result of a much different medley of funding sources than would be the case in any hypothetical $18 million injection into the School District,  b.) a mix of socioeconomic classes will use it, and c.) we deserve nice things!
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian discusses the University City District’s Project Rehab, a program which facilitates the redevelopment of blighted properties in the neighborhood. “In its first two years, the program has obtained over $4 million in redevelopment investment and created over $13 million of market value.” The article walks through the often onerous ordeal that is finding a vacant building’s owner and guiding them in its sale to an ambitious developer. “If you make the block whole,” Spruce Hill Community Association’s Barry Grossbach reminds us, “you can restore a community.”
About the author

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.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Bancroft Green Gives An Old Church New Purpose In Mt. Airy

Bancroft Green Gives An Old Church New Purpose In Mt. Airy

March 22, 2019  |  News

Contributor Virginia Lindak takes us out to Northwest Philadelphia where an eco-minded development firm is giving Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church a new lease on life > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Banca Bozzelli

Unlisted Philadelphia: Banca Bozzelli

March 20, 2019  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, a priceless Italian-American landmark in the heart of Bella Vista. > more

Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown

Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown

March 19, 2019  |  News

Neighbors rally around Germantown High School after a real estate listing revealed potential redevelopment plans. Emily Birdy Busch has the news > more

Piecing Together The Lost History Of Wirt & Knox

Piecing Together The Lost History Of Wirt & Knox

March 14, 2019  |  Vantage

Rob Masciantonio tracks down the elusive origins of an abandoned factory in Strawberry Mansion > more

Interior Of 30th Street Station To Be Considered For Historic Designation

Interior Of 30th Street Station To Be Considered For Historic Designation

March 11, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo has this roundup of local register nominations on the agenda at the March meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Designation Committee > more

Op-Ed: Streamlining The City's Preservation Procedures Would Benefit All

Op-Ed: Streamlining The City’s Preservation Procedures Would Benefit All

March 8, 2019  |  Soapbox

In this opinion piece Kenny Grono shares his perspective as a general contractor and remodeling specialist with a few ideas on how the City can untangle the red tape that undermines historic preservation > more