April 22nd, 2010

The blight of Mount Moriah Cemetery



The Mount Moriah Cemetery was established March 27, 1855
by an act of Pennsylvania Legislature.
Originally 54 acres, it now sprawls 380 acres in southwest Philadelphia.
The cemetery was designed around the "rural ideal" that was very popular at the time.
Upon entering the property you were greeted by an ornate
Romanesque entrance and gatehouse constructed of brownstone.
Noted Philadelphia architect of the time, Stephen D. Button designed this grand entrance.

Today the once beautiful graveyard has fallen from it's former grace.
It has come to be surrounded by low-income housing in a high-crime area of the city.
Due to lack of funding for proper maintenance, rampant growing ivy,
thorn bushes, and trees have reclaimed the once beautiful hillside.
So bad is the over-growth that one may trip over a hundred year old headstone
while walking through what looks to be an overgrown field.
Trees rip and topple grand monuments, and thorns hide away countless graves.
Over 5,000 veterans are buried in this tangled jungle of thorns,
some dating back to the Civil War.

There is much beauty to be found here, however it is but a thin veil over the disgrace.



In 2004
Mount Moriah Cemetery was placed on
"Preservation Pennsylvania's Most Endangered Historic Properties"

In 2005 it made it's way onto
"The Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia's Endangered Properties" list.






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A little update on the formerly abandoned Victorian in Alma Road, in St Kilda East..

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So yesterday I noticed that someone was up on the scaffolding water-blasting all of the dirt off the chimneys on the mansion.

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Today, they have started painting the exterior and the chimneys a beautiful, distinguished chalk white.

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They've also started more work on the 1915 block in the rear and the supposed three new townhouses they're putting in using part of the stables. They seem to be jamming an awful lot of living spaces in an awfully small area and it makes me wonder just how it would be living there as far as noise goes, it's going to be very high density, and not much sign as yet where anyone is going to park!

Prices start at $550,000. That's for a 1 bedroom metres from the traffic on Alma Road. Australian property prices are INSANE!