• 13 Oct 2012
  • 9:00 AM
  • Strawberry Mansion

Fresh off the heels of the APT-PTN joint Conference in Charleston, the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust will be leading a volunteer day with graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.  This collaboration is being organized by Trust conservator, Lauren Drapala, as part of her community service project for being awarded the APT Conference Grant for Early Professionals to attend this year's annual meeting.

On Saturday, October 13th, volunteers will meet in front of Strawberry Mansion at 9AM, and walk down a now defunct staircase leading to Kelly Drive, that once served as a footpath to a boat dock on the river.  Flanking this staircase is a brownstone arch that had originally been exhibited in the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, of which the design has been attributed to Frank Furness.  Due to its location, lack of accessible, and a lack of understanding of the monument's significance, the site has suffered from neglect over the years.

Volunteers will focus on clearing encroaching vegetation surrounding the monument and staircase, cleaning the structure and re-pointing where necessary.  If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Lauren at laurendrapala@fairmountparktrust.org.