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    • The Discovery Center

Building for Discovery

The Discovery Center, a new kind of environmental and leadership education center opening this month, is unlike anything else in Fairmount Park. Ashley Hahn took a deep dive into the center’s…

    • Sandra Horsey at the reservoir | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

In Common: Hidden habitat reclaimed as Discovery Center opens in Fairmount Park

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn explores the Discovery Center, a new environmental education center opening September 28 in East Fairmount Park. What will it take…

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Fairmount Park gave artists the keys to a historic mansion. One year later, they aren't leaving.

An hour before guests arrive for the final art exhibition of the summer at the Hatfield House on the eastern edge of Fairmount Park, Shirley Slaughter is oscillating between the kitchen…

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ABOUT STRAWBERRY MANSION

Strawberry Mansion, named after the historic mansion, is a neighborhood in Lower North Philadelphia. The area is bounded by 33rd Street to the west, 29th Street to the east, Lehigh Avenue to the north, and Oxford Street to the south. The “Strawberry Mansion” from which the neighborhood gets its name, is a giant estate located adjacent to the neighborhood. It was once home to Judge William Lewis circa 1789. For many years the area was referred to as “Summerville”, but it later adopted the name of the famous mansion that shares its borders. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, Strawberry Mansion was a popular area for affluent, well-off Philadelphians. At the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, the neighborhood began to tear apart at the seams. More and more factories and businesses became derelict as a result of an economic decline and urban decay. Today the neighborhood has begun to recover. Its community organizations fight to ensure that the area is safe and protected. The area's close proximity to Center City has also proved to be advantageous, as artists and other urban professionals flock to the area’s inexpensive apartment complexes.



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UPCOMING EVENTS IN STRAWBERRY MANSION

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