Hawthorne Hall. Photo by Bradley Maule for Hidden City Philadelphia.
Gray Area will host two community meetings to share ideas about Hawthorne Hall, the neighborhood landmark that straddles Mantua and Powelton Village on Lancaster Avenue. The second meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Catalyst for Change Church at 3727 Baring Street.
This programming has been organized in conjunction with the Center-supported project, Gray Area 3. The next phase of a multi-part conversation about historic preservation, first initiated in 2011, Gray Area 3 will convene community members and a team that includes architect and Pew Fellow Brian Phillips, a builder, educator, preservationist, and public historian. They will discuss the "adaptive re-use" of two vacant Philadelphia buildings of historic, cultural, or architectural significance. The project—a planning exploration by DesignPhiladelphia, a program of The University of the Arts—is conceived to stimulate discussion around these sites, and many others like them, by exploring contemporary design solutions that take into account community needs, preservation concerns, and the modern realities of urban life. Local residents will also be chosen to act as "community partners," in order to gather and incorporate public feedback.
This event is free; registration is appreciated.