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Economic Development

The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square

The Church of the Holy Trinity, located on a prominent corner of Rittenhouse Square, worked with Collaborative volunteers to develop conceptual designs that would enable the Church to expand its current social service programs, better accommodate those they currently serve, and broaden their reach in order to serve even more people as a community hub and an extension of the Square. Addressing the building’s accessibility, as well as creating a highly-visible and welcoming entrance were key objectives.

Volunteer Design Team

Chris DeBruyn

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Cost Estimator

"Encouraging communities to have planned and designed spaces can increase civic pride and investment by community members and outsiders."

DeBruynGroup
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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

"I love Philadelphia’s scale and approachability."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Communities change over time and steering these changes in a positive direction requires an intentional approach. Good design provides the framework for the built environment to create equitable and resilient outcomes."

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania

Ramla Benaissa

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Architect, Registered
Ramla Benaissa Architects, LLC
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Robert Shamble

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Architect, Registered
Ramla Benaissa Architects, LLC
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The design process is often more important than the final product.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sarah Blitzer

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Preservationist

"The best way to design is to talk, to have honest discussions with users that strive to understand what those users need."

Ballinger
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tyler Stull

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Architectural Designer
Ramla Benaissa Architects, LLC
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
CHT Rittenhouse Welcome and Resource Center: Conceptual design for Creating a Community Hub
Address
1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Neighborhood
Rittenhouse Square
Central Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
1149
Value of Pro Bono Services
$172,612
Design Grant Completed
December 19, 2020
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