200-Year-Old Torresdale School Nominated To Historic Register

 

Constructed in 1803 by Edward Duffield, the Lower Dublin Academy has been nominated to the local historic register. | Photo: Plan Philly

Constructed in 1803 by Edward Duffield, the Lower Dublin Academy has been nominated to the local historic register. | Photo: PlanPhilly

  • PlanPhillys Alan Jaffe recounts some findings included in Joe Menkevich’s 108-page nomination of Torresdale’s Lower Dublin Academy school building to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Designed and built by Edward Duffield in 1803, the Federal style schist fieldstone structure replaced an 80-year-old log schoolhouse, providing space to instruct “young gentlemen” in the “usual branches of a polite education.” Menkevich would also like to purchase and restore the academy, which has remained largely ignored since being superficially damaged by a fire in 2006.
  • In commemoration of Labor Day, the Department of Parks and Recreation considers the contributions made to Philadelphia’s public spaces during the New Deal, when, under the aegis of the federal Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA), and the City’s Local Works Division (LWD), thousands of “work relief crews were brought into parks throughout Philadelphia to complete park improvement projects including tree planting campaigns and maintenance and building of roads, buildings, bridges, fences, trails, sidewalks, stables, golf courses, tennis courts, and other recreational features.”
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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. Joseph J. Menkevich

    On 14th September 2016, the proposal to nominate the Lower Dublin Academy was approved by the Historical Committee of the PHC.

    There will be a hearing in October for final approval by the Philadelphia Historical Commission.

    J.M.

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