Roxborough’s Historic Benjamin Kenworthy House Preserved

 

From the Historic Building Nomination Packet: “Northwest elevation from Green Lane/Manayunk Avenue instersection.” | Photo: Celeste Hardester, 2013, via the City of Philadelphia

From the Historic Building Nomination Packet: “Northwest elevation from Green Lane/Manayunk Avenue intersection.” | Photo: Celeste Hardester, 2013, via the City of Philadelphia

  • For the third consecutive December, residents of Roxborough have had to fight to protect their neighborhood’s historic architecture; this year, the preservationists have won. In 2012 the Bunting House at the corner of Ridge & Roxborough was demolished to make way for a Wendy’s franchise. Last year a developer bought the Benjamin Kenworthy House at Green & Manayunk with plans to likewise demolish the single family dwelling so as to make room for additional units. NewsWorks reports that earlier this month, Roger Ross, a lifelong resident of the Lower Northwest, purchased the property from the speculator and plans to rehab the building where he took piano lessons as a child. “I want to make my neighborhood a great place to live,” says Ross. “I will approach this house as I do everything in life. As someone who is loyal to where I grew up, where I came from and where I work.” To see the building’s historic nomination packet, click HERE.
  • On Logan Square, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul’s sacristans and maintenance crew say they have been preparing for the thousands of worshippers expected this week since January. The Inquirer looks at just what it takes to get the job done.
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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. Let’s hear it for small victories! And help the guy replant the shrubbery – that place looks empty without any foliage.

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