Resurrecting Mount Moriah

 

Designed by Stephen Decatur Button in 1855, the Mount Moriah Cemetery gatehouse has been stabilized. | Photo: Instagram user mourningarts

Designed by Stephen Decatur Button in 1855, the Mount Moriah Cemetery gatehouse has been stabilized. | Photo: Instagram user mourningarts

  • Philadelphia magazine’s David Murrell writes of the ongoing restoration efforts at Southwest Philly’s Mount Moriah Cemetery, recounting the last five years during which its devoted stewards would stave off crime and illegal dumping on the overgrown burial grounds. Paulette Rhone, president of the Friends of Mount Moriah, wants the reawakened cemetery to become a focus of the community, with rehabilitation projects—its original 1855 brownstone gatehouse being stabilized just this weekend—and a landscaping and maintenance plan, while pursuing the status as both an arboretum and a National Historic Landmark for the cemetery.
  • Last week Newbold Neighbors Association, the nine-year-old RCO representing the area bounded by Broad Street, 18th Street, Washington Avenue, and West Passyunk Avenue, voted to change its name in order to better reflect the diversity of the neighborhood, reports the Passyunk Post. A new name will be decided at this month’s meeting.
  • Inga Saffron directs preservationists’ attention to the Weisbrod & Hess brewery buildings on Martha Street in Kensington. Designed by Adam C. Wagner in 1891, the loading facility and boiler house will be demolished by its current owner if no buyer interested in adaptive reuse throws their hat into the ring.
  • “The Museum of the American Revolution will feature one-half of a life-sized privateer ship as a primary immersive exhibit when it opens next year,” reports the Associated Press.
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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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