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  • Essington quarantine station helped save lives for 80 years, The hospital opened in 1800 after a series of devastating yellow fever epidemics. October 6, 2002 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    During the last decade of the 18th century, there were a number of yellow fever epidemics in Philadelphia. Outbreaks of this dread disease occurred in 1793, 1797 and 1798, killing nearly 10,000 people, according to S.P. Wetherill's Philadelphia History (1916). City officials linked the epidemics to ships from foreign countries docking in the port of Philadelphia. The only way to deal with contagious diseases was to isolate victims. In 1799 the city government bought 10 acres in...
  • Historical group aims to restore Delco property, The challenge for the Norwood site? Money. November 18, 2001 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    Group aims to restore historic Delco property. The Norwood Historical Society Inc. has about $5,000 in its coffers. That's $394,000 short of what the fledgling nonprofit needs for its first project: the restoration of the Morton Morton House, circa 1750, on the banks of the Darby and Muckinipattis Creeks. "This project will take 10 years to finish, so this is our crown jewel," said Joe Butler, vice president of the historical society. Eight-five percent of the 237 suburban Pennsylvania...
  • In 'burbs, history has little chance July 22, 2001 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    Here is a vexing problem. Help me come find a solution. A city that is now home to millions but once was mostly farm and forestland has a vast inventory of historic structures, many dating to before the Revolutionary War. People have a great deal of affection for these historic properties. They see them as tangible links with the past - and as an integral part of what makes this city unique. Sadly, a month rarely passes when one of these historic buildings isn't torn down to...
  • Stevens, Smith Homes Top Pa. Endangered-Properties List July 14, 2001 [Lancaster New Era (PA)]

    Despite a recent agreement that would save them, the homes of Thaddeus Stevens and his housekeeper Lydia Hamilton Smith top a list of the state's most endangered historic properties. Preservation Pennsylvania, a nonprofit group created to help save the state's historic landmarks, recently released the annual list. The 43 preservationists say the buildings aresignificant to the history of slavery in America and as the home and office of one of the 19th...
  • Stevens, Smith Houses Top List Of History At Risk // Both Are Considered To Be 'Under Threat' Until Effort To Preserve Them Is Achieved July 13, 2001 [Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA)]

    The Lancaster homes of Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith top an annual list of Pennsylvania's most endangered historic properties, despite a recent agreement to turn them into a museum." Until the project is actually completed, and until the Historic Preservation Trust gets the money it needs to preserve them, they are still under threat," said Susan Shearer, Preservation Pennsylvania's assistant executive director...
  • PRESERVATIONISTS AND DEVELOPER IN RACE TO BUY HOSPITAL THE LAZARETTO IS THE OLDEST FORMER QUARANTINE STATION IN THE U.S., HISTORIANS SAY. A MYSTERY BIDDER IS INTERESTED. January 17, 2001 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    It's a big task for a group short on time, but the Friends of the Lazaretto are still scrambling to pull together the $3.5 million to buy the 10-acre site that some have dubbed Philadelphia's Ellis Island. Grant money has yet to be secured, but the group has reason to be hopeful of saving the 18th-century Lazaretto, now that a buyer with preservation plans has matched the asking price and is talking with the site's owners. The owners, Island Marine...
  • TINICUM RESIDENTS AND OFFICIALS VOW TO SAVE HISTORIC HOSPITAL LAZARETTO WAS A QUARATINE STATION FOR 100 YEARS. IT IS ON THE NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTER. ITS OWNERS WANT TO TEAR IT DOWN FOR A PARKING LOT OR RESTAURANT/CLUB. September 29, 2000 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    Preservationists and neighbors of the historic Lazaretto quarantine hospital are reacting angrily to a plan that would demolish the 18th-century building and replace it with an airport parking lot. The plan, presented Wednesday night to the township Planning Commission and an audience of about 60,is one of several alternatives the property's new owners are considering for the former hospital. It is considered the most historic building in Delaware County and is listed on the...
  • A PIECE OF HISTORY MAY FALL PRESERVATIONISTS WANT TO SAVE THE LAZARETTO. \ DEMOLITION IS PLANNED. August 22, 2000 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    Just as its three stories have towered over the banks of the Delaware River for 200 years, so has the fate of the building known as the Lazaretto been looming over the township of late. After years on the market, the former quarantine station has a new set of owners and a menu of development possibilities - all of which call for its demolition. That has local and national preservation groups scrambling to save what they call the most historically significant building in Delaware County and...