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Property Report - Garden Improvements

The Memorial Garden Committee is donating money for new plants to improve the appearance of the two fenced garden plots in front of the Chestnut Street porch. The Property Ministry Team is pulling together ideas and volunteers for the project.

We recently met with representatives of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society to assess the current, aged growth and to seek suggestions for plants that will look good in all seasons and will enhance our historical façade. (BTW – they loved our…

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Added by Lora Thornburg on June 22, 2013 at 9:53am — No Comments

Preservation Project Update #6

Masonry restoration soon to reach new heights!

I am thrilled to report that the next phase of the Preservation Project is about to begin.

Scaffolding will rise from the roof of the…

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Added by Lora Thornburg on March 25, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Bylaws – Why do they matter?

The Bylaws is a…

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Added by Lora Thornburg on April 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Say Goodbye to the Ivy

The climbing ivy in our church garden will be removed in the next week or two.  You might wonder "Why?"  The short answer is "to protect our local…

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Added by Lora Thornburg on February 7, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Preservation Project Update #5

As a new year begins, I want to celebrate a major milestone of 2011 – completion of all masonry repairs to the south porch!



In previous posts, I described how all of the joints were…

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Added by Lora Thornburg on January 5, 2012 at 1:56pm — 5 Comments

Preservation Project Update #4



In my last post, I promised to explain why the iron gates have been removed from the south porch.  The short answer is that some masonry repairs could not be done with them in place.  Of course, if were that simple there would be little to write about!  Read on to learn more about some of the complications we…

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Added by Lora Thornburg on July 23, 2011 at 5:24pm — 1 Comment

Preservation Project Update #3

 

Masonry restoration of the south porch is nearing completion!

 

My last update showed how spalls are prepared for patching.  Here is what happens next.  Patching compound, mixed to match the color of the limestone, is packed into the cavity and mounded above the adjacent surfaces (left).  Once it has partially dried, a mason carefully carves the excess away to give a textured surface which matches the original…

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Added by Lora Thornburg on July 4, 2011 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Preservation Project Update #2

Restoration of the south porch masonry is finally underway!

 

As you can see, the scaffolding is up.  The sign tells passerby that this project is supported by a grant from the Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places, administered by Partners for Sacred Places,… Continue

Added by Lora Thornburg on June 18, 2011 at 8:18pm — 1 Comment

Preservation Project Update

Restoration of the Chestnut St. porch exterior masonry is taking place this spring!! Thanks to the Development Working Group, Sarah Maude Kaemmerling's estate, 28 members and friends of the congregation, and the Connelly Foundation, we now have the $69,000 necessary to begin this next phase of the Preservation Project.

 

Several behind-the-scenes tasks have quietly taken place in the last few…

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Added by Lora Thornburg on May 10, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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