City grant to enable completion of Lincoln Drive gateway project

The final phase of an ongoing effort to restore a historic gateway on the border of Mt. Airy is set to commence thanks to modest funding from the city.

A $15,000 matching grant from the Philadelphia Activities fund will enable wood pergolas to be built and installed atop of newly refurbished Wissahickon schist piers.

Construction is anticipated to be completed by mid-autumn.

The Mt. Airy Gateway Project was spearheaded five years ago by J. Patrick Moran, of the Germantown Historic Society, and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. Working together with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, GHS and WMAN have amassed a force of volunteers and donor funding to reclaim a forgotten landmark.

Moran credits Eighth District City Councilwoman, Cindy Bass, for helping make it possible to finish the project this year.

"We are deeply indebted to her for matching the funds raised earlier," he said.

A neighborhood's gift

Built in 1901, the Stotesbury Gates were a gift to the city from financier Edward T. Stotesbury. Ornately carved arbors topped twin stone pillars flanking both sides of Lincoln Drive at the intersection of Johnson St., forming a gateway to the neighborhood.

Years of neglect and the widening of Lincoln Drive left only a single pier remaining on each side of the street and a total loss of the pergolas.

The first phase of the project involved masonry repointing which was completed in December.

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About the author

Jana Shea, Newsworks Freelancer

Jana Shea is a freelance writer and photographer who has actively contributed to NewsWorks since 2011.

Jana is a Philly-area native whose world travels include several years residence in the Netherlands. She studied fine art photography with minors in English and theater at Kutztown University.

She is an avid genealogist who enjoys surmounting brick walls and delving into history as experienced by ordinary folks, particularly early Philadelphians. Her passions include street photography and being a new mother.

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