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The Philadelphia Masjid/Sister Clara Muhammad CDC

The Philadelphia Masjid was one of three religious sites that received design services through the Sacred Places/Civic Spaces initiative—a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places to re-envision underutilized, purpose-built religious properties as community hubs. The Masjid serves a congregation of 500, while also acting as a central hub for many others in the region's Muslim community. The 1.5-acre former Diocesan school complex has been underutilized since the closing of the Sister Clara Muhammad School over ten years ago. The site offers the potential for both renovation and new construction, and the congregation hopes to use its excess space to meet the needs of the neighborhood and lay the foundation for a broad community development initiative. Community partner, People's Emergency Center, recognizes this site as a key opportunity within the Promise Zone and Opportunity Zone, and as a significant gateway to the neighborhood.

Volunteer Design Team

Alisa McCann

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Preservationist

"The most rewarding aspect of volunteering with the Collaborative is how much I learn about all different aspects of design - from playgrounds to plumbing! It's all so interesting."

Narberth, Pennsylvania

Alyssa Horn

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Interior Designer
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Brian Smiley

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Architect, Registered
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Caitlin Youngster

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Architectural Designer

"It's amazing to work on a project where I am interacting directly with the end users to create something meaningful in a place that I love."

HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Devki Desai

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Structural Engineer
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eunil Kim

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Architectural Designer
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jeremiah Woodring

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Architect, Registered
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John MacCallum

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Architect, Registered
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joseph Matje

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Mechanical Engineer
J+M Engineering
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Katherine Antarikso

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Architect, Registered
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Katherine Bonner

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Graphic Designer
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kirsten Weismantle

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Planner
HOK
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peter Hamilton

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Cost Estimator
Tutor Perini Building Corp
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Building Blocks: The Philadelphia Masjid
Sponsoring Nonprofit
People's Emergency Center
Address
4700 Wyalusing Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Neighborhood
Mantua
West Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
1232
Value of Pro Bono Services
$164,880
Design Grant Completed
May 09, 2019
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