This morning, Preservation Pennsylvania announces the 2017 Pennsylvania At Risk list, featuring 11 places beloved by their local communities. The sites listed on the PA At Risk list become Preservation Pennsylvania’s work priorities for the year. As the only statewide nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation, we work toward a future where preservation – and its economy- resuscitating, identity-branding, story-sparking values – is a natural part of the conversation about what to do with old places.
The places on this year’s list tells the story of our shared heritage. There are two sites that helped enslaved people find their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad, the home of a general who sat on the jury of conspirators in the Lincoln assassination, artists homes and studios, a former bank, two former taverns, the nation's oldest jewelry district, a former factory and a downtown landmark hotel.
Audiences in southeastern PA would be particularly interested in the stories of
ABOLITION HALL, HOVENDEN HOUSE, AND PLYMOUTH MEETING HISTORIC DISTRICT
Germantown Pike and Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County
THREAT: Compromised Setting due to intensive residential development and possible demolition for road realignment
Plymouth Meeting's National Register Historic District was Pennsylvania's first designated under the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act. Abolition Hall and Hovenden House are widely considered among the nation’s most important sites related to abolition history and the Underground Railroad. The sites are also connected to generations of artists, including Thomas Hovenden, painter and former head of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
702–710 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
THREAT: Demolition for high-rise development
Toll Brothers City Living has said it will demolish several buildings in America’s oldest continuously operating diamond district to erect a 29-story luxury residential high rise.
Campbell Lane, Schuylkill Township, Chester County
THREAT: Demolition following deterioration resulting from disuse
This National Register-listed farmstead dates from 1754 and during the American Revolution it served as both a hospital and a headquarters for American officers. Located just a few miles from the encampment at Valley Forge, the home boasted illustrious visitors such as General Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold. Since the 1930s it served as a golf club but was recently acquired by eminent domain by the Phoenixville Area School District for potential expansion. A Schuylkill Township task force hopes to find a way to save the farmstead from demolition.
Our 2017 Pennsylvania At RIsk newsletter, published today, provides additional details about the history of and threat to each of the eleven properties. It’s available for download on our website, www.preservationpa.org, where you’ll also find hi-res images for each of the locations.
You may also access the publication directly by clicking this link: http://preservationpa.org/uploads/2017-PA-At-Risk_Preservation-PA_Lores.pdf
If you’d be interested in the local efforts to save the property, we’d be happy to put you in touch with local preservation advocates.
Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance.
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The press release and hi-res photographs are available on our website www.preservationpa.org
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