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Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation

Gloria Dei Church (Old Swedes’ Church) is the oldest church in Pennsylvania and among the oldest in the nation. The nonprofit, founded to preserve and renew the church property, is re-imagining its open spaces to serve a broader audience. Volunteers from the Community Design Collaborative involved community stakeholders in developing a master plan featuring an urban woodlands, improvements to the churchyard, and a new garden park that reconnects neighborhood residents to their riverfront.

Volunteer Design Team

“The people who live in the community and use the site know best what works, what doesn't and what is needed. Their insights are vital to creating an effective design.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Carolyn Campbell

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Landscape Architectural Designer

"Design helps to provide visioning for a community. This visioning helps to excite a community about possibilities in shared public spaces."

Philadelphia,

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."

Gilbane Building Company
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dan Meier

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Civil Engineer

"I would love to see Mayor Nutter’s dream of making this the greenest city in the country become a reality."

Duffield Associates, Inc.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kenneth Tomczuk

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Landscape Architectural Designer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lori Aument

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Preservationist
L.R.Aument LLC
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marco Federico

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Preservationist
Materials Conservation Co., LLC
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church: Celebrating History/Planning for the Future
Address
916 Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Neighborhood
Queen Village
South Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
510
Value of Pro Bono Services
$57,637
Design Grant Completed
November 30, 2017
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