A Third Way In Historic Preservation

 

“Before restoration efforts began, chunks of the stone facade of the Frank Furness-designed 19th Street Baptist Church were crumbling to the street and the roof was caving in.” | Photo: Alex Lewis, for NewsWorks

“Before restoration efforts began, chunks of the stone facade of the Frank Furness-designed 19th Street Baptist Church were crumbling to the street and the roof was caving in.” | Photo: Alex Lewis, for NewsWorks

  • NewsWorks considers the “scrappy, but functional approach” in historic preservation employed by professor Aaron Wunsch and Deacon Lloyd Butler in the stabilization and weatherproofing of the Frank Furness-designed 19th Street Baptist Church in Point Breeze. Although the University of Pennsylvania, Partners for Sacred Places, and National Trust for Historic Preservation lent some organizational and financial assistance, the endeavor was largely grassroots, validating Wunsch’s opinion “that we’re lacking this kind of middle strategy for fixing things.” The work completed thus far “has cost far less than the hundreds of thousands of dollars it would have taken to demolish the church.”
  • The Roxborough Development Corporation is soliciting feedback from residents, employees and visitors to Ridge Avenue for Roxborough 2020, its “strategic planning initiative” for the Lower Northwest’s main commercial corridor (Domino Lane to its fork with Main Street). To take that survey, 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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