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    • St. Bonaventure

Dust to Dust: St. Bonaventure demolition underway

Hidden City Daily has been following the slow demise of Fairhill's St. Bonaventure Church this year, and reported Wednesday that the Department of Licenses & Inspections would be starting demolition of…

    • St. Bonaventure's spectacular ceiling | Jeremy Marshall

LENS: Inside St. Bonaventure

Angels, pastels, gilding, interesting stained glass; St. Bonaventure must have been a beautiful church in its day. Photographer Jeremy Marshall got inside St. Bonaventure last year and shared this set of…

    • Adolfina Villanueva Townhouses, on North Franklin Street between West Somerset and Cambria streets.

Affordable housing rehabs in Fairhill and South Kensington improve 77 units for low-income families

As afforable housing developments age, managing and preserving them, both physically and financially, while neighborhoods change and energy costs rise is becoming a key concern for community developers. Here’s a look…

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ABOUT FAIRHILL

Fairhill, named after the earliest country house in Philadelphia, is a neighborhood in Upper North Philadelphia. The neighborhood spans from 10th Street to Front Street and from Cumberland Avenue to Allegheny Avenue. In the 18th century, the area was known for its farms and country estates, including the Fairhill estate, which played a crucial part in the area's cultural development. The building's owner, Isaac Norris, built this house to embody the country spirit and the simplicity of the local country life, but also modeled the estate after similar estates he had seen while traveling around England. The house was burned during the American Revolutionary War at the Battle of Germantown, but was later rebuilt around 1800. Today the area that was once filled with farm land is a vibrant collection of cultures and heritage. The neighborhood is predominantly Hispanic, having 10 times the overall percentage in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the area has also been associated with high crime and drug abuse, mainly because of its publicized drug market as seen in Steve Lopez's novel, Third and Indiana. However the neighborhood is fighting back with highly engaged civic associations and active community watch programs.

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Wikipedia on Fairhill

UPCOMING EVENTS IN FAIRHILL

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