In Delaware County, Early National Quarantine Center To Be Preserved


“The Lazaretto quarantine station in Tinicum Township is being restored after years of neglect.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

“The Lazaretto quarantine station in Tinicum Township is being restored after years of neglect.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • Constructed in 1799—nearly a century prior to New York harbor’s Ellis Island—along the banks of the Delaware at Tinicum Township, Delaware County, the Lazaretto served as a quarantine station during the last, yellow fever-ridden years of Philadelphia’s time hosting the federal government. After years of vacancy, a funding stream has been secured, allowing renovations—estimated to cost anywhere from $8 to $10 million—of the historic structure to proceed. Officials plan on moving the township’s offices there, with additional space dedicated to a museum. “We want it to be a centerpiece of the community, and then spread out from there with other projects we have to revitalize the township,” says township commissioner Patrick McCarthy. If all goes according to schedule, North America’s oldest surviving quarantine center will be open to visitors beginning in January 2018.
  • The Inquirer’s Samantha Melamed considers the evolving conservation efforts of the newly rebranded Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP), which is set to go in front of City Council today in search of increased funding towards that end. In a city of over 3,800 murals, restoration efforts swallow up to $200,000 of Mural Arts’ $8 million annual operating budget. Executive director Jane Golden says the added money would allow for community conservation program, in which committees would prioritize which murals are to receive upkeep, paid for, hopefully, through a cash reserve dedicated to maintenance.
  • The Roxborough Review shares a press release from the office of state senator Art Haywood informing his constituents that the state has awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant, to be used for the revitalization of Northwest Philadelphia’s commercial corridors. This will include “work in the Sedgewick Theatre and other properties nearby,” as well as “the development of an Innovation Hub in Northwest Philadelphia.”
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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. Handsome building they are preserving which will be a credit to all concerned.

  2. Southeastern Delaware County municipalities also were spawned with the help of northbound and southbound lines built by Baltimore, Ohio and Reading railroads. In fact Revolutionary War veteran and merchant Thomas Leiper is credited with establishing the nation?

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