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The Decline & Fall - & Resurrection - of a Stone House in West Philadelphia

An abandoned house gradually falls down (pages 1 & 2), sells, and is cleaned up (pages 3 & 4), is fenced (page 5), with restoration expected.
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April 2003.  Weeds have recently been cut.
April 2003. Weeds have recently been cut.
April 2003.  The porch is almost whole.
April 2003. The porch is almost whole.
November.  The porch roof has fallen.
November. The porch roof has fallen.
Pillars tilt to the right.  The city has posted the front door.
Pillars tilt to the right. The city has posted the front door.
Still November 2003
Still November 2003
Porch Roof
Porch Roof
Porch roof with season-ending vegetation
Porch roof with season-ending vegetation
(8)66 is the address
(8)66 is the address
March 2004.  The porch roof has slumped further.
March 2004. The porch roof has slumped further.
July 2004.  Pillars are straighter from the front.
July 2004. Pillars are straighter from the front.
Straight pillars but fallen roof
Straight pillars but fallen roof
(8)66 is straight
(8)66 is straight
Crumbling Roof
Crumbling Roof
Corner elements of the roof
Corner elements of the roof
Which way are the pillars slanting?
Which way are the pillars slanting?
The porch roof has pulled away from the stone wall.
The porch roof has pulled away from the stone wall.
Paint is peeling badly
Paint is peeling badly
March 2005
March 2005
Window tinned, porch roof collapsed
Window "tinned", porch roof collapsed
The pillars are gone so the front and side roofs have fallen
The pillars are gone so the front and side roofs have fallen
an angular mess
an angular mess
Front (41st St) Steps
Front (41st St) Steps
It's been a mild winter so far, so not much has fallen in or down.  Trash has accumulated, even this orange chair.  A good sign today, though: sidewalk trash has been shoveled into neat piles.
January 2006

It's been a mild winter so far, so not much has fallen in or down. Trash has accumulated, even this orange chair.
A good sign today, though: sidewalk trash has been shoveled into neat piles.

On January 19, 2006 the house was bought by
Friends Rehabilitation Program Inc.
They have reduced the building to its essence.
March 2006. The house is sold and being fixed up. So far, it's just cleaning out the rotten wood.

On January 19, 2006 the house was bought by
Friends Rehabilitation Program Inc.

They have reduced the building to its essence.

Front StepsAll the porches have been removed5317
Front Steps
All the porches have been removed
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Only the base of a front porch pillar remains5337
Only the base of a front porch pillar remains
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Gothic Windows5329
Gothic Windows
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Side and Rear5335
Side and Rear
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Side View5320
Side View
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Side Window5333
Side Window
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Side projections5350
Side projections
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Side Windows and porch deck5319
Side Windows and porch deck
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Side, with porch decking5330
Side, with porch decking
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Side Porch5331
Side Porch
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There's still some rot at the outside ends of the beams.
Side Porch, after removing the decking
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There's still some rot at the outside ends of the beams.

The second floor window has been boarded up, but nothing else.
July 2006

The second floor window has been boarded up, but nothing else.

June 2007 The weeds are growing, and nothing has been done to the house.
June 2007 The weeds are growing, and nothing has been done to the house.
Next door, though, is brightly painted.
Next door, though, is brightly painted.
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July 2007 A crew from City Year is here to clean up the yard.

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Click to learn about City Year

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The crew has cleaned out a lot of growth and debris
The crew has cleaned out a lot of growth and debris
The front and side yards now are neat
The front and side yards now are neat
But the intricate roof decorations are getting worse
But the intricate roof decorations are getting worse
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and worse

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The roofing is still a mess
The roofing is still a mess
The rear of the building is still overgrown
The rear of the building is still overgrown
And the front door has new graffiti.
And the front door has new graffiti.
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Sept 2007 Lots more trash removed

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And a fence has been started

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- but still no sign of building4748
For the first time, the back of the house is clear.

- but still no sign of building
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Spring 2009 A chain link fence safeguards the house.

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Does the fence mean that work will start soon?

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This beautiful decoration remains.

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