Rescuing Philadelphia’s historic houses of worship

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Arch Street United Methodist Church in Center City Philadelphia built in 1865

Among Philadelphia’s architectural treasures are the hundreds of places of worship built in the late 19th and early 20th century that were a vital part of a community’s well-being.  But with age and changes in neighborhood demographics many of these magnificent buildings are now in a state of crisis.  Like most large cities, Philadelphia finds itself with a huge inventory of decaying and crumbling sacred places. What happens when a church no longer has a congregation large enough to support it and keep its structure safely maintained?   We talk about the challenges facing Philadelphia’s nearly 1,000 historic religious buildings — nearly a third of which are desperate need of repair.  Our guests include ROBERT JAEGER, president of Partners for Sacred Places, and Philadelphia architect CLIVE COPPING.

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