Furness Church Escapes Demolition, Will Be Reused For School Space

 

The former Episcopal Church of the Atonement at 47th Street & Kingsessing | Photo: Bradley Maule

The former Episcopal Church of the Atonement at 47th Street & Kingsessing in April, 2013 | Photo: Bradley Maule, for Hidden City

  • On a triangular lot in Mill Creek, a small and vacant building awaits its reuse as a coffee shop. That would at least prove the most feasible option for the preservation of the ninety-year-old service station, opines Eyes on the Street. Designed for Pure Oil by engineer Carl August Petersen in the 1920s, these patented “cottage style” service stations aimed to blend in with the countless single-family homes then being framed out on just about every available piece of farmland in southern Montgomery and eastern Delaware counties. One of the first gas stations on this stretch of the Lincoln Highway (opened in 1914, it was the nation’s first transcontinental highway), this unassuming building literally helped fuel westward suburbanization between the World Wars.
  • The Barnes Foundation will display over 90 William Glackens pieces through February 16th, says CBS Philly. The exhibit will be accompanied with the jazz music of Dandy Wellington. Curators aim to conjure the air of the “Vintage Vaudeville” of the early-twentieth century. Barnes officials see such events as essential in piquing and maintaining the interest of the next generation of Philadelphia gallery-goers.
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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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5 Comments


  1. The Glackens link is wrong.

  2. Glad to see at least one church saved from the wrecking ball.

  3. Really great news about the Atonement.

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