The Gatehouse Facade is Now Stablized!

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Thank you all who contributed to the Herculean effort to preserve this historic structure that is the icon of Mount Moriah.

There were many people behind the scenes working tirelessly to bring this project into fruition. The Mount Moriah Cemetery Preservation Corporation (MMCPC) secured partial funding for the project. Dr. Aaron Wunsch, assistant professor at UPenn Design was relentless in pursuing competent contractors (that we could afford) who specialize in historic restoration. (You have seen Aaron talk about the Gatehouse in the videos on our website.)

The Preservation Alliance contacted DJS Associates, Inc., a laser scanning firm and asked if they are interested in scanning the Gatehouse to create a permanent digital record that can be archived. DJS not only said yes but they did the laser scan over several days pro bono. Thank you Jon Adams.

Dr. Wunsch contacted his longtime friend at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) and alerted him to the challenges we were facing. WJE saw that after years of abandonment, the opportunity to restore this significantly historic gatehouse would soon be lost if it were not stabilized against collapse. WJE also saw the determination of the Preservation Corp and the Friends to stabilize the structure by raising funds and securing the pro bono services of DJS. They were inspired to support the effort by providing pro bono structural engineering services. Project engineer, Justin Spivey said, “We hope that the stabilization and eventual restoration of the gatehouse will help draw increased visitor traffic to the cemetery, and with it, economic benefits for the surrounding neighborhood.” Thank you Justin.

S&S Quality Services began the work two weeks ago working in 95 degree heat daily to get the job done. Well today, the project was completed. The bracing should give us a 5 to 10 year window to determine how we can fully restore our beloved Gatehouse.

I know this is a long story but I just want you all to know that there are good people in this world who are willing to lend a hand. All you have to do is ask. We asked and people like you and those mentioned above not only heard the call but took action.

We sincerely thank each and every one who made a donation to the Friends for the Gatehouse Stabilization Project. Your continued financial support is as important as the boots on the ground. We could not continue this work without you.

Note: The Facebook page Save the Mount Moriah Cemetery Gatehouse is not affiliated with this project or the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

2 Comments on “The Gatehouse Facade is Now Stablized!

  1. I just wanted to drop a quick note to say Thank you to everyone involved in this project. I remember back in the early 70′s the gatehouse was there and if I remember it was still in good shape, then we moved and I came back to visit and it was totally falling apart. I was so sad, but what you all are doing now totally warms my heart!! My Grandmom and Mom are buried there. They do not have a stone, as at the time they died I had no money to buy one. This breaks my heart. I’m like most people these days, living paycheck to paycheck, but if I ever come into money I will surely donate to this wonderful project. Thank you so very much for all you’ve done to make this happen. God Bless you all!!

  2. This is a reply to: Shirley Schroeder; I know EXACTLY how you feel! My “Pop Pop”, has NO head-stone either. Every day, it eats at me!

    This is to EVERYONE that is so HUMBLY AMAZING that has ANYTHING to do with the restoration of this special place…

    …Please know how greatly appreciated you ALL are, for restoring this Cemetery! ESPECIALLY the Gate! I could have sworn 20+ years ago, “it was over” for not only the Gate, but the whole place altogether. Thank you, and I am damn mad, I can’t be there helping and being a part of this, as I have moved to San Francisco, CA.

    IF/When I come back over there for a 10-day visit, I will contact you re: May I volunteer on a day or two like the event that’s coming up on: 11/05/2016.

    God Bless you all!

    Joe M.

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