Funeral for a Home: History of Mantua Walking Tour

10 May 2014
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Meet at 3609 Spring Garden Street


Young Great Society members painting a home, 1979. Photo courtesy of Temple University Special Collections Research Center.

Join us on an intimate walking tour of Mantua, West Philadelphia, as we explore the history of the "bottom." Tour stops include the former administrative home of the Young Great Society, the former site of Mantua Hall, the Keystone Battery Armory, Hawthorne Hall, and numerous historic homes and exteriors throughout the neighborhood.

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.