3711 Melon Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Photo by Patrick Grossi, courtesy of Temple Contemporary.
Join Temple Contemporary and Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood as they celebrate the "home going" memorial for 3711 Melon Street. Music, food, spoke testimonies, and the final resting of the home will accompany a service that has been collaboratively arranged by artists and local residents.
This programming was developed in conjunction with Funeral for a Home, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Under the stewardship of Temple Contemporary, Funeral for a Home will celebrate the life of a single row home before it is razed. The chosen home, one out of 500 already slated to come down next year, will receive a "funeral" to mark its passing: a free public event that will include a procession of local residents and clergy, youth orchestra and gospel choir performances, and a remembrance service at which neighbors can pay their respects. Funeral for a Home serves as a direct response to years of widespread demolition in North Philadelphia, in an effort to generate critical thinking, discussion, and action around issues of housing redevelopment and preservation.