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Source: KYW 1060
Date: December 12, 2007
Byline: Karin Phillips

KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia — President's House Site Will Get a Glass Gazebo

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The final design for the "President's House" commemorative exhibit on Independence Mall was being presented Thursday evening at a public meeting in North Philadelphia.

The oversight committee for the President's House says it will keep the original Kelly/Maiello design that highlights America's first White House: an interactive exhibit with informational panels.

But there will be a major addition to the design, to highlight the role of the nine enslaved Africans who also lived and worked there.

Roslyn McPherson is the project manager:

"It's called a vitrine, so it's sort of a glass-like structure in the midst of the design that will allow people to actually look down at the key fragments of the site."

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McPherson says about $5 million to $6 million additional must be raised to complete the project, which is now expected to be finished in the fall of 2009.

She says the additional structures will allow visitors to look down onto some structural remains such as the underground passage, the bow window, and the kitchen that were discovered this summer:

"In some instances, like the bow window, you can see the fragments, and they've actually reconstructed sort of a similar facade on top. So you have the real with the envisioned."

The presentation, open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday evening, 6:30-8:30pm, at Freedom Theatre, 1346 North Broad Street.

 

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