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Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation

The rhythm of the Spanish Revival cornices, bays, and storefront windows on this block of North 54th street has been broken by first-floor renovations and large signs. However, enough of the original detailing is left to benefit from a coordinated series of façade improvements. The Collaborative worked with the owners of six stores on façade improvements and produced a compelling sketch showing what the block could look like.

Volunteer Design Team

James Conners

Architect, Intern

"Design can help raise questions, reveal opportunities, engender support."

Churchville, Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Brummer

Architect, Registered

"​I feel that I have grown so much professionally by participating in the Collaborative over the years. My experiences have shaped how I design for the better."

Haddon Township, New Jersey

Joanna Trago

Cost Estimator

“Adding new materials can be done with sensitivity. Sometimes, you have to step outside your comfort zone and understand what materials will keep the historic feel.”

Gardner Fox Associates
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
rStore: Design Consultation for Commercial Corridor Facade Improvements (Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation
1815, 1817, 1819, 1821, 1823, 18125 N. 54th Street
Phialdelphia, PA 19131
West Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
Value of Pro Bono Services
Design Grant Completed
April 22, 2015
Our 2016 Community Design Award finalists
Every year, the Community Design Collaborative recognizes one of our pro bono projects for excellence in design, collaboration, and community impact with its Community Design...
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Giving people a picture of what they can actually do
Cost estimator Joanna Trago recently received our “Best Supporting Actor” award. And no wonder! Since 2010, she’s advised dozens of storeowners on five commercial corridors about...
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