Restoration underway at Philly’s Strawberry Mansion [photos]

    Philadelphia’s historic Strawberry Mansion isn’t yet open to the public, but those working to restore the home provided a glimpse Thursday morning of what’s to come.

    The house was built in 1789 as a summer home for abolitionist Judge William Lewis, and the structure hasn’t changed much since 1825.

    It’s been four years since Fairmount Park’s largest historic home closed for the restoration project, and the city, preservationists and muralists have been hard at work on renovations.

    Major repairs were needed before finishing touches like the mural could be added. Window sashes were repaired, the hardware was cleaned, the main staircase was stabilized and the roofing was replaced.

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    The house is expected to re-open in May, with a celebration and dedication in October


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