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Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery

The Community Design Collaborative lays out scenarios for relocating the historic cemetery’s visitors center from an overcrowded gatehouse to vacant properties across the street. The new center will allow Laurel Hill to add amenities like a café, a chapel, and a larger exhibition space. The study also includes strategies for connecting the center to the larger community and restoring the gatehouse.

A 2016 programming study and advisory services from the Collaborative helped Laurel Hill determine where to site the proposed visitor center—within the cemetery or on vacant land across from the gatehouse. 

 
Volunteer Design Team

Abigail VanderLek

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Preservationist
KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Amy Mayer

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Preservationist
KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ed Stroczynski

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Cost Estimator
Dharam Consulting
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Karen Skafte

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Landscape Architect, Registered
Ground Reconsidered Landscape Architecture
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philip Scott

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Preservationist
KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Samuel Emory

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Architectural Designer
SMP Architects
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Todd Woodward

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Architect, Registered

"Developing long term relationships with other volunteers, Collaborative board members, and Collaborative staff has been the most rewarding aspect of my involvement with the organization."

SMP Architects
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Laurel Hill Cemetery: Conceptual Design for a Visitors Center
Address
3801 Ridge Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Neighborhood
North Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
327
Value of Pro Bono Services
$40,845
Design Grant Completed
June 28, 2017
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