3711 Melon Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Photo by Jeffrey Stockbridge, courtesy of Temple Contemporary.
Temple Contemporary's Center-funded Funeral for a Home project, which will celebrate the life of a single Philadelphia-area row home before it's razed in May, is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the article, Inquirer writer Jeff Gammage traces the history of the project and speaks to several involved parties, including Reverend Harry Moore of Mount Olive Baptist Church, who will give the invocation at the row home's "funeral" event, and Billy and Steven Dufala, local artists and brothers in charge of funeral details.
Gammage writes, "The property's financial value lies in the land, in the chance that something new could be built there. Its emotional value is higher. Knocking down a house, neighborhood leaders said, isn't like razing an office building. Homes hold memories. Homes are where people get their children ready for school in the morning and tuck them into bed at night. Homes are where people celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, and where they mourn the loss of those they love. By honoring one home, the sponsors said, they honor all. The demolition is a way to engage people in thinking about the future and protecting what remains of the past." Read more >
Visit the links in the related content sidebar of this post to view all upcoming Funeral for a Home events, including a tour of the facilities of Waste Management and Revolution Recovery, a "History of Mantua" walking tour, and the final funeral ceremony on May 31.