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Reactivating Vacant Schools

As the School District of Philadelphia closes schools throughout the city, communities are confronting a painful reality. How can longstanding neighborhood icons be reactivated—both temporarily and for the long haul? What's next for these vacant public school buildings and sites? Join us to explore the possibilities on Friday, November 14.

  • The vacant M. Hall Stanton School was built in the '50s.


DESIGN CHARRETTE Friday, November 14, 8:00AM - 6:00PM Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch Street

Collaborate with designers, community members, public agencies, and community development specialists envisioning reuse options for two vacant public schools—Old Frances Willard School in Kensington and M. Hall Stanton School in North Philadelphia. Register via Design on the Delaware.

PRESENTATION and PANEL DISCUSSION Friday, November 14, 4:00PM - 6:00PM Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch Street

Join us for a presentation of design strategies for reusing Philly’s vacant schools, created by the participants in our sold-out Design on the Delaware charrette. Be part of a new conversation between designers, communities, public agencies, and developers about this important issue. Reception to follow. RSVP


Old Frances Willard School is located in the River Wards section of the city in the Kensington neighborhood. Built in 1907, the school is on the National Register of Historic Places. Two neighborhood commercial corridors (Kensington Avenue and Frankford Avenue) are within walking distance, as well as Temple Episcopal Hospital, McPherson Square Park, and the Allegheny Station of the Market-Frankford El.

M. Hall Stanton School is located in the Lower North Philadelphia section of the city in the Stanton neighborhood. Built in 1959, the school has excellent access to public transportation. The school is located two blocks from the intersection of North Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue which is a key hub for bus, subway and rail users.

PROGRAM PARTNERS Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Community Design Collaborative AIA Philadelphia 

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERS Community Ventures New Kensington CDC 

FUNDERS National Endowment for the Arts The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia 

EVENT SPONSOR Klein and Hoffman, Inc.

CHARRETTE DESIGN TEAM KieranTimberlake Associates, LLP





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