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Mother Bethel Foundation

Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a historic landmark and the birthplace of the A.M.E. denomination. In addition to its sanctuary, the church houses the Richard Allen Museum and Mother Bethel Archives. The Mother Bethel Foundation received a design grant from the Collaborative to create a plan for renovation and expansion. A new three-story addition is proposed in place of the existing Sunday School wing. The addition will expand the world-renowned museum and archive and provide ADA accessibility, community and classroom spaces, and new building systems throughout the facility.

Volunteer Design Team

Ari Seraphin

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Structural Engineer

"It [design] directly impacts communities and how effectively residents are able to utilize neighborhood assets."

Keast & Hood
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Brad Randall

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Mechanical Engineer
Bruce E. Brooks & Associates
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dania Austin

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Electrical Engineer
Bruce E. Brooks & Associates
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dianne Loftis

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Other
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gerard Eisterhold

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Other
Eisterhold Associates Inc
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Kansas City, Missouri

Jacob Volanski

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Architectural Designer
AOS
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jennifer Kim

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Architectural Designer
AOS
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michael Funk

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Cost Estimator

"All the design team members have great experiences and ideas, but it's the community that has the intimate experiences and ideas that are needed to develop the project concepts and designs."

International Consultants, Inc.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ruthie Embry

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Architect, Registered
AOS
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sam Olshin

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Architect, Registered
AOS
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stephen Wayland

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Mechanical Engineer

" I find that interacting with the people and groups that the collaborative works with restores my faith in humanity and our ability to create common good."

Bruce E. Brooks & Associates
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Susan August

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Other
Bruce E. Brooks & Associates
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Knauss

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Other
KMK Technologies, LLC
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Monroeville, New Jersey
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Mother Bethel: Conceptual Design for Facility Improvements and Museum Expansion
Address
419 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Neighborhood
Society Hill
Center City Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
425
Value of Pro Bono Services
$55,410
Design Grant Completed
July 20, 2018
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