United American Indians of the Delaware Valley

Existing Conditions Assessment

The United American Indians of the Delaware Valley (UAIDV) is a multi-tribal service organization providing social services to people of Native American descent. Since 1976, the nonprofit has leased its headquarters at 223-27 Chestnut Street from the federal government. The historically significant building has a pressed tin façade on a cast iron structure that is well-known to Old City aficionados.

UAIDV will take ownership of the buildings from the federal government in 2006. The nonprofit came to the Collaborative for an existing conditions assessment. They also wanted to know the costs involved in repairing the historic façade and dealing with deferred maintenance.

The Collaborative put together half-day consultation team to document the building's condition through photographs, visual assessments, and detailed survey notes. These materials will be initially be used by UAIDV to secure matching funds for a $90,000 Keystone Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for the façade restoration project.

Volunteers: Christopher Heaven, AIA, Registered Architect; Chris Silver, Registered Architect; Susan Ryan, Preservationist; Michael J. Paul, PE, Structural Engineer; Gary Debes, PA, Mechanical Engineer; and Dean Sherwin, Cost Estimator.

Value of Services: $9,740




The United American Indians of Delaware Valley want to restore their historically significant building in the Old City Historic District.




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