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.