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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 porch to the top of the ornate chimney later this spring.

Knapp Masonry's crew will work high above street level re-pointing masonry joints and repairing spalls in the limestone.

Detailed descriptions of similar work on the porch can be found in my earlier posts:

PP update #1 - work begins

PP update #2 - re-pointing & spall prep.

PP update #3 - spall repair

PP update #5 - arch, step & gate repairs

The limestone walls enclosing our Memorial Garden are also included in this phase.

A preview of the end result can be seen in the right-hand photo.  The section of porch wall to the right of the down-spout is completely repaired.  I cannot wait to see all of these walls looking that good!

Look for new updates as the work moves forward.

Lora Thornburg, volunteer project manager

This project is supported by donations from over 60 individuals and by grants from:

  • the Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places, administered by Partners for Sacred Places, with funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Department of Community and Economic Development and the William Penn Foundation;

  • the Connelly Foundation;

  • the 2100 Chestnut Preservation Fund, administered by Partners for Sacred Places, with funding from 2116 Chestnut Partners LLC.

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