A New School Year At Germantown’s Reused St. Peter’s Episcopal

 

A $6 million renovation effort allowed the Waldorf School to move into the previously endangered structure. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A $6 million renovation effort allowed the Waldorf School to move into the previously endangered structure. | Photo: Public Domain

  • The Waldorf School begins its academic year today in a newly re-activated space in Germantown: Frank Furness and George Hewitt’s 1873 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and, as recently as 2010, a cause for concern for the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. NewsWorks chronicles those last five years, as noted area developer Ken Weinstein secured a tenant looking to grow, and ran into the surprises inevitable to any extensive work on historical structures, requiring another $1.5 million on what had been a $4.5 million job. But that saved history is certainly not lost on Waldorf’s executive director Anthony DeGuzman, who argues that the school’s Great Hall—previously St. Peter’s main sanctuary—“affects the whole spirit of the campus.” “I’ve been in the field of education for over 20 years,and I strongly believe that the physical space makes a difference in the students’ ability to learn,” says DeGuzman
  • Ori Feibush’s OCF is branching out from Point Breeze, says its subsidiary blog, Naked Philly, and it would like some help in deciding which brick type to go with for the façades. The firm has tapped JKRP Architects to design a “significant project” at 2640 E. Huntingdon Avenue in Fishtown, where a former church building will be cleared to make room for 11 homes.
  • The Philadelphia branch of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art invites all to a lecture and discussion with Duncan Stroik, a professor of classical architecture at the University of Notre Dame, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on September 23rd. Stroik, a celebrated architect of churches across the country, will consider how the Catholic Church can once more invigorate the arts. For more 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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